GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — An 82-year-old Colorado man has been found alive by his grandson three days after the man’s car plunged into a river where dense trees and vegetation obscured the wreck from searchers on the ground and in the air.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that Montrose County Lt. William McClellan says it’s a “true miracle” Robert McLeroy, of Nucla, was found alive Thursday on the bank of the San Miguel River by his adult grandson, Ethan Archer, of Fruita, who was in a kayak.

Montrose County spokeswoman Katie Yergensen says rescuers used ropes and pulleys to extract McLeroy, who was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, where he was listed in serious condition.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of Monday’s crash on Colorado 141.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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