HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- A Chattanooga hiker is resting at home,
after being lost in the woods for more than eight hours.
He called his family just before his phone lost power, when he couldn't find
his way out of pocket wilderness.
Friday night, Channel 3 sat down with the man who found the hiker and his dog.
"He called me about 9:30 and said that he was lost on Mowbray Mountain
and his cell phone was about to go dead," Lisa Andrews says.
That's the last time she heard from her son Brian, who was hiking through
Pocket Wilderness Thursday night.
"Scary, very scary, just knowing that your son is out in the
wilderness," Andrews says.
Dozens of first responders searched for the 32-year-old.
"His foot print on his boot was very distinctive, to the point that I
wanted to see the bottom of his shoes when we found him," Assistant Chief
of the Mowbray Mountain Fire Department, Dusten Woodard says. "It matched
exactly. Everywhere he went you could tell where he'd been to."
The search was called off early Friday morning, because it was too dark for
crews to see.
"(The hiker) burnt his shirt, his undershirt, his boxer shorts, and his
socks," Chief Woodard says. "When he was burning his last sock, he
decided that instead of trying to use it for light, he should probably build a
At first light, Dusten Woodard continued the search and it wasn't long before
he made a discovery.
"A chocolate lab comes running out at me, and he was running right behind
it," Woodard says.
Woodard says Andrews delayed his rescue by leaving the last place his cell
"Instead of staying there, he basically hiked another five or six miles in
several circles," Woodard says. "If he would have stayed there, we
could have been there in 10 minutes."
Andrews' mother says it could happen to anyone, and is just thankful her son
made it out with no injuries.
"We're very, very thankful to them and their crew for what they did,"
Woodard says Pocket Wilderness can be dangerous at night because of limited
visibility. Many of the trails are narrow and have steep drop offs.
Woodard also says snakes are a major concern right now.