Man Found Alive Days After Car Plunges Over Cliff

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A 67-year-old man has been found alive six days after his car went over a steep cliff on a California mountain road.

His own children rescued him.

Chardonnay, Sean and Lisa Lavau appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday, describing how they found their father's car and his makeshift camp in a ravine Thursday off Lake Hughes Road in the Angeles National Forest.

The accident occurred in a sparsely populated area about 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

After his car went over a 200-foot ravine, David Lavau was unable to climb back up. So he built a makeshift camp, ate leaves and drank water from a nearby creek.

The family said they had not heard from their father for several days. They reported Lavau missing and then worked with a detective to narrow the search area using cell phone towers, text messages and debit card purchases.

"We stopped at every ravine, and looked over every hill," Lisa Lavau told NBC. "And then my brother got out of the car and we kept screaming and the next thing we heard dad saying, `Help, help,' and there he was."

Another car was also found at the bottom of the ravine. It's driver did not survive the accident.

Authorities speculate Lavau was blinded by the other car's headlights and lost control. The accident is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Lavau suffered multiple rib fractures, a dislocated shoulder, broken arm and multiple fractures in his back, but none of the injuries are life-threatening, according to hospital spokeswoman Bhavna Mistery.

She added that Lavau is expected to undergo surgery and it's not clear how long he would be hospitalized.

Lavau was doing well and in good spirits surrounded by his family, Mistery said.

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