Dr. Jerome Nadler is recovering at Stony Brook Medical Center after spending the almost four days in conditions that are hard to comprehend.
The 76-year-old Long Islander had gone fly fishing in Smithtown Nature Preserve Park on Labor Day but didn't come home. He was discovered Thursday afternoon by a police dog and his two handlers. Nadler was severely dehydrated, riddled with bug bites, but alive.
The internist is a Vietnam veteran and native of nearby East Setauket. When he didn't return to his Subaru, state and county police and emergency officials launched the search using choppers, dive teams, and Chase, a police dog.
When the team finally found Nadler he was lying on his back in a clearing. They say he was very weak but able to talk.
It is unclear exactly what happened.
Doctors say Nadler is now suffering from exposure and dehydration.
Nadler's family members are grateful to all the emergency personnel who assisted in the search.