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Setauket Man Shares His Story of Survival at Caleb Smith State Park

Dr. Jerome Nadler tells CBS News what he endured while authorities searched for him.

Dr. Jerome Nadler of Setauket recalled feeling dehydrated and sitting down to drink a Diet Coke during his Labor Day fly-fishing outing at Caleb Smith State Park, according to a report published Monday by CBS New York.

And, according to the report, that's the last thing Nadler said he remembers before waking up in a thicket of brambles. For three days he had to survive as search parties combed the park and surrounding areas. He could move, but not stand, and suffered a wound to his elbow as he tried to move by pushing himself on it.

"It rained on one or two days and I remember cupping my mouth and trying to collect as much rainwater as I could. That’s one thing that I did to try and survive," Nadler, 76, told CBS New York.

At Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was taken Thursday after a police dog and his handlers found him, a spokesman said Monday that his health is now in .

Click here to read the full report from CBS New York.

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