08/02/2013 11:18 EDT | Updated 10/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Missing 74-year-old survives week in the woods

A St. John's man who went missing while picking bakeapples last week in central Newfoundland was found alive on Friday morning.

74-year-old Chesley Sweetapple was reported missing on July 27 when he did not return from berry picking near Red Indian Lake.

Florence Sweetapple, his wife, said she's overwhelmed with the good news.

"I figured they were going to bring him home in a body bag, but he's alive," Sweetapple said.

She said he's a diabetic who is also on other medications, so she expected the worst news

Sweetapple said when she got the call from the RCMP, she thought it was going to be bad news.

According to Sweetapple, search and rescue found no trace of him during the first few days of searching.

"They searched for three days with helicopters and dogs and ground search, but then they stopped," she said. "Last night they said they're going to re-open it, and they found him today."

Sweetapple was told that her husband seemed okay, but was a bit disoriented.

"We just bought a home in Florida for the winter, and he was so excited to get down there for the winter, and I thought we'd never go through that door again, but now we've got something to think about and something now he will get better for — I'm sure he'll be better fast."