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Jul 28, 2013 8:52 PM by Erika Flores

Hiker rescued after three days with only a few scratches

TUCSON-A Texas man who was missing since Thursday in Southern Arizona has been reunited with his family.

54-year-old Scott Bertrand went for a hike on Mt. Lemmon Thursday.

When his wife didn't hear from him, she called 9-1-1.

Rescuers began searching for him through the weekend.

Sunday morning a rancher spotted him, called 9-1-1 and rescuers flew him to safety.

"Volunteers literally jumped for joy as deputies brought Scott Bertrand to the sheriff's department to be reunited with family.

"We utilized the sheriff's department helicopter to get him out of the field to take him down to Prison Camp where he met with deputies before being brought to the station to meet back with his family," said Jason Dowdy, supervisor of Pima County Sheriff's department Search and Rescue Unit.

Bertrand walked himself into the sheriff's department after paramedics cleared him.

He had no signs of major dehydration and came back with only a few scratches.

"He's in pretty good shape, so that's good news anyway," said Mike Jennings, volunteer with Southern Arizona Rescue Association.

Bertrand's family ran into the sheriff's department to reunite with Bertrand.

Bertrand told deputies he had been on the move since sun up until 8 p.m. each day moving north of his original location away from trails into more open areas.

"For the search teams that makes it a little bit more difficult because each day as they clear an area. We have to start back to square one the following day because he might still be moving around in that area," said Dowdy.

Dowdy said he does commend Bertrand for moving into the valley's water.

Recent monsoon storms left plenty of water for Bertrand to drink from and Dowdy said that played a big role in keeping Bertrand hydrated.

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