(UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL) A 72-year-old San Francisco man who went missing during a hunting trip in the Mendocino National Forest was found alive and well after surviving 18 days alone in the woods.

Gene Penaflor’s family gathered Saturday afternoon at Ukiah Valley Medical Center after learning that a group of hunters had found him earlier that day and carried him out of the woods on a makeshift stretcher to safety.

“He’s good,” said his youngest son, Jeremy, with a smile. “He’s just like he was when I saw him last, except his beard grew.”

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