After spending nearly 24 hours in the swamps of the Pea River on Saturday and Sunday, Willie Jones had very little strength to do or say anything, except thank you.
Following one of the Wiregrass’s largest missing person searches in the last few years, rescue personnel were thrilled that Willie Jones was alive and well, but how he got in that position was quite frightening.
The search ran through the early morning on Sunday, and then into the afternoon. The search included divers, helicopters and a K-9 unit as well as nearly 100 volunteers.
Jones was rushed to Troy Regional Medical Center on Sunday. With his age and medical condition, Jones admits that he might have not been alive today if not for the excellent care of all those involved in the search.
Jones was almost helpless during the search. He said he could hear the helicopter above him and the searchers around him, but until he was found there was no way to let them know where he was.
Doctors say that the humidity in the Pea River Swamp may have worsened Jones' condition while he was there.