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Grand Ledge Man Rescued From Alaskan Wilderness After Seven Days


GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) – Seven days had gone by and 51-year-old Adrian Knopps was alone in the Alaskan Wilderness, his strength was fading, and he was prepared to die. "I said my last goodbyes, my last prayers," said Knopps.

On the afternoon of September 15, he and his friend Garrett Hagen were on a hunting trip, and had just caught a bear. "We had a beautiful day hunting in Alaska, and my friend was going for his brown bear, which we got," says Knopps. "It was his dream bear."

But as Hagen went to load the bear onto their boat, what happened next was a nightmare.

"He fell out of his boat," says Knopps. "It was just a bad accident."

Knopps says after a few hours went by and Hagen did not return, he knew he had died. Knopps says Hagen had on a life vest, but likely died of hypothermia because the water was so cold.

Knopps says he knew he and Hagen would not be missed for at least a week, so he began setting goals on how he would survive. With just four oatmeal bars, he labeled them according to the day, and perched himself atop a large tree to protect himself from the wind and wild animals.

As day seven approached, Knopps was starting to feel like it was the end. But a strong faith in God kept him hopeful. "I never felt alone," he says. "I talked to him 24/7. I never felt any fear for myself out there."

Soon, the coastguard arrived and flew Knopps to safety. He suffered from sever hypothermia, and had a few scratches, but otherwise was uninjured.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at

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