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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — At first 13-year-old Cody Clawson didn’t recognize the pilot of the rescue helicopter picking him up after a night alone in secluded forest in northwest Wyoming.

The pilot was actor Harrison Ford, who volunteered his helicopter and services to help find Clawson.

“He said, ‘Morning,’” Clawson said. Ford gave him a handshake and hug later, he said.

Clawson, of Huntsville, Utah, was rescued Tuesday in a remote area of Targhee National Forest, about 10 miles from a Boy Scout camp he was attending. Clawson wandered off a trail Monday.

“I just took a wrong turn, I guess, and followed the path and it ended,” Clawson said in an interview with “The Early Show” on CBS Thursday.

He spent the night alone under a rock outcropping.

“I looked for someplace to either build a shelter or find a small cave or something,” Clawson said. “I couldn’t really find anything to start with, so I had to build it, but it didn’t work out so well.”

Cold, tired and hungry from the night in the forest, Clawson was found by the Ford-piloted helicopter in an open area about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Clawson said he planned to resume the trip with his Boy Scout troop this week.

Clawson’s father, Kent, said he was worried about his son but Cody “did good.”

“He’s got a good head on his shoulder,” he said. “He knows exactly what he needs to do, and I knew that Cody was in good hands.”

Targhee National Forest borders the south side of Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming.

Ford is a part-time resident of Jackson, which is about 40 miles south of Yellowstone.

It is the second time in a year Ford guided his helicopter into the backcountry for a rescue.

Last July, he plucked an Idaho Falls, Idaho, hiker off 11,106-foot Table Mountain in Teton County after she succumbed to altitude sickness and dehydration.

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