Rescue workers found Joshua Robb, an autistic 8-year-old boy who had been missing for more than 24 hours after running away from his school, in pretty good shape in a nearby rugged ravine in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Joshua, who braved hard rains and cold mountain weather, looked up at the team members and said, Thank you...you saved me, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Joshua had been missing since Monday morning after he squeezed through a fence at Grandview Elementary School in Twin Peaks. School officials chased the boy but couldn't catch him.

The rescue team tracked the boy's footprints and a discarded T-shirt he had been wearing and found him in the densely wooded forested area about 1 1/2 miles away from his school. He was only wearing his shorts when he was found.

Rescuers gave him food and water because he appeared to be tired and slightly dehydrated. He was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center as a precaution.

His parents, Ron Robb and Patricia Calcott, told the LA Times the discovery of their son was a true miracle.