ADELL, Ore. (AP) — A 73-year-old man who was stranded in the remote Oregon high desert for four days with his two dogs was rescued when a bicyclist discovered him nearly unconscious and miles from his abandoned car.

Lake County Deputy Buck Maganzini said Thursday that the man was “out exploring” July 14 when his Jeep got stuck in a dry creek bed about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the nearest paved road and he tried to hike out.

A mountain biker found the man July 18, nearly unconscious with one of his dogs by his side. Authorities found the Jeep and the second dog two days later using an aircraft.

Maganzini says the man had no food and very little water and was near death when he was found. He’s been released from the hospital, and his dogs are OK, too.

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