But Laga said he was determined to be reunited with his family. Before he had left on the trip, Arden had told him, 'You better promise me that you come home safe,'" Laga told KSTU-TV.
Laga drank water from streams and ate berries and crickets. One day, he noticed helicopters flying overhead.
“I’m like, 'This is it, they’re going to get me,' and they just take off into the other direction,” he said.
Laga realized the searchers couldn't see him, so he continued hiking to try to find a way out.
Finally, around 1 a.m. on Aug. 16, he stumbled upon a campsite. Volunteers helped Laga down the mountain, and he was reunited with his family the next day.
Laga kept his promise to his wife. The couple told KPAX-TV they plan to name their baby boy after one of the rescuers.