Deer hunter reported missing, found alive

HUGER, S.C. (WCIV) -- A 67-year-old hunter reported missing has been found alive. Officials say William Pitchers of Jedburg was found alive in the forest by rescue crews Friday morning.

Pitchers was said to be severely dehydrated and exhausted. He was sent to the hospital but is expected to recover, according to authorities.

According to Bill Salisbury with Berkeley County Rescue, the man went hunting around noon Thursday and never came back. His family called authorities after he failed to come home Thursday night.

Authorities have been searching for the man since 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Berkeley County's Rescue Squad and Department of Natural Resource crews were on scene with helicopters and search parties. Salisbury said Pitchers saw the rescue planes flying overhead and shot his rifle. Crews heard him fire and responded with their own shots in order to located him.

They searched the area of Highway 41 between the intersection of 402 in Huger and Jamestown.