Two Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets ate ants and strawberry guava to stave off hunger after getting lost in a forest in Hawaii overnight.
The two cadets got lost while participating in a jungle warfare course in Wahiawa on Saturday.
Scott Fisher, 29, said he and his family were hiking in the area on Sunday morning when they came across the two men from Florida, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The spokesman for the Army’s 25th Infantry Division, Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg, confirmed the cadets became lost on Saturday, prompting the Army to launch a search including about 200 soldiers as well as police officers and firefighters.
The area the cadets were lost in is about six square miles of dense vegetation.
Fisher said while hiking he heard a whistle and went towards the sound after whistling back and hearing more whistling in response.
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He came across the two cadets, one of them carrying a stick with a deflated white tube tied to it.
“The look on their faces was a sigh of relief,” he said.
The men, who appeared to be in their late teens, were led to the military grounds by Fisher, who watched them walk inside.
Kellogg told the Star-Advertiser that the cadets were “a little tired and possibly a little hungry, but otherwise in good shape.”
The Army declined to disclose where the two men go to school but said it was not in Hawaii.