18-Year-Old Survives 11 Days Lost In Mountains Without Eating Any Food: He 'Drank The Water But That Was It'

He says he was "this close" to eating bugs.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A teen lost in the woods is opening up about his 11 days of isolation.

According to USA Today18-year-old Austin Bohanan got lost in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He survived without food but was "this close" to eating bugs.

On Tuesday, he woke up and saw boats floating on Abrams Creek. He waved down the boat and was taken to safety.

The next day, Chief Ranger Steve Kloster spoke about the teen's ordeal. 

Bohanan and his step-father, Hubert Dyer Jr., went to the park hunting for ginseng and got separated. The teen tried to use his cell to call his mother, but the reception didn't allow him to get through. He heard helicopters searching for him but the vegetation was too dense for them to spot him. 

Despite having no supplies, the teen remained uninjured. He "drank the water but that was it," Kloster said.

Bohanan was taken to the hospital and released a few hours later.

[Photo: Family photo]

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