Salt Lake man rescued from Utah's Mount Olympus

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A 19-year-old Salt Lake man was found on Mount Olympus Saturday night after being stranded on a ledge there since Wednesday.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said a hiker reported hearing the man calling for help just off one of the rugged peak's trails at about 5:30 p.m. With the help of a helicopter from the Department of Public Safety, officials were able to reach the man shortly after 9 p.m. The man was carried out by helicopter and is being treated at a hospital for hypothermia and dehydration. Hoyal said the man survived by eating leaves and drinking his own urine.

Hoyal said the man, whose name was not released Saturday, went on a hike by himself on Wednesday. Wearing only a sports jersey, a baseball cap and basketball shorts, the hiker was "ill-prepared" for a prolonged stay on the peak, Hoyal said.

On the way down, the man got lost and ended up in the Hughes Canyon area, where he got stuck on a ledge.

Hoyal said Unified Police did not receive any missing person reports related to the man.

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