South Georgia man found after being trapped under motorcycle for 8 days

Published: May. 27, 2016 at 10:09 AM EDT
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By: Noelani Mathews

May 27, 2016

BROOKS CO., Ga. -- A south Georgia man is alive after being trapped under his motorcycle for more than a week.

Roland Howard Goff, 63, was found trapped underneath his 2003 Honda VTX1300 motorcycle in a ditch near his Brooks County home.

According to Georgia State Patrol, Howard says he fought for his life for eight days when found Wednesday afternoon.

GSP and Brooks Co. SO responded to a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. from a friend who found Goff.

That friend is William Shultz. He says he noticed Goff’s absence on social media for around 5 days, so he went searching for him.

Goff told GSP the last thing he remembers is traveling on his driveway before dark on Tuesday, May 17th and traveling off the shoulder of the dirt road.

GSP says his right leg was pinned underneath the motorcycle, and it appeared he’d been eating anything around him to survive.

Goff tells GSP he prayed for rain and drank rainwater, while eating anything around his reach.

Goff was taken to South Georgia Medical Center for his injuries.

He is currently in stable condition, but was found extremely dehydrated and with wounds doctor’s say proves he was out there for several days.

GSP Cpl. Chris Kelch says it’s amazing that he’s alive after the recent weather and lack of food and water.

Doctor at SGMC tells GSP Goff’s right leg was found in bad condition, but has a strong possibility of keeping it.