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Oregon Man Survives Ordeal

Mon., Oct. 2, 1995

A deaf journalism student at the University of Oregon who got lost on an afternoon walk has been rescued after spending five days in the wilderness eating bugs and drinking rainwater to survive.

Seph Reese Jr., 27, was in fair condition Sunday at Valley Community Hospital in Dallas after suffering hypothermia and scratches from underbrush.

Reese was found Saturday morning by Falls City assistant fire chief Corky Wagner, who was keeping an eye out for Reese while hunting.

Wagner said Reese was naked and covered with mud. He appeared disoriented and had suffered many minor cuts and scratches.

“He was just standing up in the middle of the road,” Wagner said. “When I approached him, he kneeled down and said, ‘Help me.”’

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