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Davidson Anjab, 39, was canoeing with two male friends Sunday in the Alexander Springs Recreation Area near Altoona when their canoe overturned, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.
The two friends told authorities that while they were able to get back into the canoe, Anjab could not and instead swam back to the shoreline. Anjab yelled that he’d walk back and meet them, but he never showed up, according to his friends.
The sheriff’s office launched a search for the missing man using its Marine Patrol Unit, a helicopter, K-9 deputies, a mounted posse, and other resources.
Two days after Anjab went missing, a search team of deputies and officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) located him in an extremely dense area of the forest near where he was last seen walking, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office shared video showing a helicopter crew with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit hoist Anjab out of the forest to safety.
Anjab was taken to an area hospital to receive medical treatment. Authorities said Anjab had been out in the elements for about 40 hours.