Hiker lost for eight days in a heatwave survived on berries and river water

woods in Seattle, Washington
A hiker was lost for eight days in woods near Seattle in Washington (Image credit: Getty Images)

A hiker lost for more than a week in the middle of a heatwave in a popular outdoors area near Seattle, Washington, has finally turned up.

Despite a huge search and rescue mission, Andrew Devers could not be located in the woods close to a hiking trailhead.

Yet, last weekend, eight days after he had parked his car at the start of a lowland hiking trail, near North Bend, he was discovered by a trail runner.

The 25-year-old is reported to have survived on just berries and  water. 

It was on June 18 that Devers parked his car at the Middle Fork Campground. He planned to hike on the 40km Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail. This is a popular route for walkers and described as an easy-going hike.

When Devers was reported as missing a King County Search and Rescue team stepped in to look for him. At the height of the search, some 40 SAR personnel were out in the woods.

The concern for the hiker increased as temperatures rose and the days went by. Eventually, rescuers suspended the search.

Amazingly, a trail runner then found Devers near the Middle Fork Trailhead on Sunday.

He was taken to hospital and while it is not known how he became lost, he did tell rescuers he had survived by drinking river water and foraging for berries.

Fiona Russell
Outdoor writer

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favorite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing (both downhill and backcountry). Aside from her own adventures, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy getting outside and exploring, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.