He went out on his ATV wearing only pajama pants, and ended up trapped for three days


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By Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN

(CNN) — An Idaho man spent three days pinned against a tree after he crashed his ATV, according to Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

Howard Coates, 66, had last been seen Thursday evening riding his all-terrain vehicle near his home in Athol, 15 miles north of Coeur d’Alene. He was shirtless and in pajama pants.

“I just wanted to ride that one little hill and then come back and watch the Seahawks game,” he told CNN affiliate KAYU. But his ATV rolled off the path and took him with it. He ended up pinned by the vehicle against a tree.

When Coates didn’t return, an alert was issued. His family was concerned because he didn’t have access to medication he needs.

The sheriff’s office said authorities searched the area with the help of a helicopter Thursday and Friday, without a sighting. On Saturday, a bad storm rolled through. Coates told KAYU he tried to shelter from the rain and collected some drinking water by propping open a toolbox cover from the ATV.

“The tree was just tattooed to my back,” Coates told KAYU.

He said he got through the hours by reliving concerts he had attended over the years.He said he got through the hours by reliving concerts he had attended over the years.

Finally, on Sunday evening, help came: A family riding dirt bikes saw evidence of the crash and notified authorities. Coates’ son and brother and Kootenai County Search and Rescue found him pinned to the tree, according to KAYU.

His injuries are not life-threatening, and Coates told KAYU he plans on being back on the ATV soon — despite his wife’s misgivings.

“She thinks I’m going to sell it,” he said, “but I’m not going to.”

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