Chattanooga Boy Lost in Woods for 10 Hours

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Fall break got off to a scary start for a 12-year-old boy who was riding a motorcycle in Bledsoe County.

James Delashmitt says he was riding with a family friend on Sunday when the two became separated.

Then, James says, the drive chain came off his bike and he had to start walking.

A search was mounted on Hinch Mountain and Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris says volunteers on all-terrain vehicles found James about 9:30 Sunday night. He'd been missing for about 10 hours.

Morris says the boy was in good condition.

During his ordeal, James says he used a stick with a nail in it to fend off what he thinks was a bobcat.

He says he'll take water and matches and a map with him if he goes into the woods again.

Figuring that's enough adventure for the week, the Soddy-Daisy Middle School student says he's going to just -- as he put it -- "lay around" the rest of fall break.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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