Dan Witkowski, a 25-year-old Ellensburg resident, survived four days and four nights in below-freezing temperatures in the central Cascade Mountains, with nothing to eat and no survival gear except the clothes he was wearing.
A King County Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted fresh tracks and a glove about 1 p.m. yesterday west of Alpental Ski Area, near Snoqualmie Pass, and radioed to searchers on skis. About 4 p.m., they tracked down Dan Witkowski near the northwest corner of Tuscohatchie Lake, more than a mile west of where he had started.
Dan Witkowski was lying down, dehydrated, suffering from hypothermia and "barely lucid," according to King County Sheriff's Chaplain Gary Van Landingham. The helicopter dropped off a medic, who stabilized him.
Another helicopter flew Dan Witkowski to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was wrapped in plastic and warm blankets. He was well enough to talk with family and friends.