Nicolas Cendoya, one of the two Costa Mesa teens rescued from a hike gone wrong in Trabuco Canyon, said he can't wait to hug Kyndall Jack after their ordeal lost in the mountains of Orange County.
"I was so relieved to hear that Kyndall was found and will be OK," Cendoya said in a statement issued from his hospital bed Friday night. "I can't wait to see her face-to-face and give her a big hug. I just want to see for myself that she's OK."
Cendoya credited his faith with helping him make it without food or water for almost four days.
"The whole time I was lost, I felt the presence of Jesus and my friend, Carlos, who died last year of cancer," he said. "I felt they were both with me, inspiring me to stay alive."
Cendoya, 19, and Jack, 18, headed into the scrubby wilds near Rancho Santa Margarita for a hike on Easter Sunday. They got separated early on in what became a nearly weeklong ordeal, Cendoya has told authorities.