Donn Fendler, the man who famously survived more than a week while lost on Mount Katahdin in 1939, died Sunday at age 90, a director making a movie about Fendler announced on social media.
It would be hard to grow in Maine in the last 75 years and not know his story. At age 12, he was separated from his family near the summit of Katahdin during a storm. He was the subject of hundreds of searches over the next week, becoming national news, and eventually some began to assume he’d never be found alive.
Nine days after he disappeared, however, he found a hunting camp 35 miles from where he was last seen. How he survived during those nine days was recounted in the novel ‘Lost on a Mountain in Maine.’
“Donn was such a loving and caring person,” Ryan Cook, who was working on turning Fendler’s story into a feature film, said in a video posted to Facebook around midnight Sunday. “Donn Fendler’s legacy will live on forever in the state of Maine.”
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