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FL: Hunter's ordeal in the Everglades: 4 days lost in the swamp

November 22, 2009

Southside grad's ordeal in the Everglades: 4 days lost in the swamp

NAPLES, Fla. -- Going out on his own to hunt deer in the heart of the Everglades where he'd never been before was the "dumbest" thing he could have done, Jamey Mosch said.

On Sunday, Mosch, 30, of North Fort Myers, recounted his fight for survival during the four days he was lost in the swamp before he was rescued Friday and hospitalized.

During that time, the graduate of Elmira's Southside High School lost most of his clothes, his shotgun, cell phone and other belongings in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

His knee was thrown out of joint slogging his way through muck. He subsisted by eating raw catfish, bull frogs and sips of spring water before being found by a bloodhound named Max and his handlers.

"It was the dumbest thing. It's literally the worst thing I've ever experienced," said Mosch, sitting in a wheelchair and talking to reporters Sunday at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Naples, Fla., where he is recuperating.

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