Nova Scotia

Prospect teen found safe after night in woods

A teenager from Prospect, N.S., says he's grateful to the searchers who found him safe after he got lost in the woods during an evening hike with his dogs.
Corey Campbell said he kept warm by cuddling with his dog Baxter after he got lost in the woods. (CBC)

A teenager from Prospect, N.S., says he's grateful to the searchers who found him after he got lost in the woods during an evening hike with his dogs.

Corey Campbell left his home on Wednesday night with his two dogs, a cellphone and an iPod.

The 19-year-old told CBC News he came across newly fallen trees on the trail and got confused, then began to lose the light. Campbell called home to say he was lost and when his dad couldn't find him, a search and rescue crew was called.

"It didn't really hit me until my cellphone died and I couldn't get in contact with anybody," he said Thursday.

"I kept yelling and I couldn't hear anybody and I just had to calm myself down and try to figure out what to do, because I was like, 'I'm not sure if I will be found tonight.'"

Campbell dug in between two trees that provided a little bit of shelter. He tried to start a fire but conditions were too wet.

The volunteer ground search and rescue crew that found Campbell just after 7 a.m. on Thursday said the teenager survived because he did a lot of things right — he tied off his sleeves and huddled to keep warm. He also kept his head and didn't panic.

"It was really just hoping to see the next day," said Campbell.

Search and rescue crews found Corey Campbell on Thursday morning. (CBC)

"There was really nothing I could do but just kind of huddle and hope someone found me and sure enough, they did. I was very happy."

Campbell had mild hypothermia when searchers found him. They brought him dry clothes and fed him, and RCMP officers took him home after he was checked out by paramedics.

He said he's feeling lucky and grateful to the rescue team.

"They were awesome and I owe them everything," said Campbell.

Campbell's two dogs also played a part in his survival.

He told one of his dogs to show him the way home. It followed his command but that happened after dark — when Campbell couldn't follow. His other dog stayed with him all night.

"He didn't leave my side once. He sat by. He actually kept me warm the majority of the night because I just kind of kept a hold on him," said Campbell.

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