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Man survives for months in car

2012-02-19 08:15

Stockholm - A Swedish man was dug out alive after being snowed-in in his car on a forest track for two months with no food, police and local media reported on Saturday.

The 45-year-old from southern Sweden was found on Friday, emaciated and too weak to utter more than a few words.

He was found not far from the city of Umea in the north of Sweden by snowmobilers who thought they had come across a car wreck until they dug their way to a window and saw movement inside.

The man, who was lying in the back seat in a sleeping bag, said he had been in the car since December 19.

"Just incredible that he's alive considering that he had no food, but also since it's been really cold for some time after Christmas," a rescue team member told regional daily Vasterbottens-Kuriren, which broke the news.

Ebbe Nyberg, duty officer at the Umea police, said police saw no reason to doubt that the man had been stuck in the car for a very long time.

"We would not make something like this up. The rescue services were on site too and saw the same as us," he told Vasterbottens-Kuriren.

Umea University Hospital, where the man is recovering after being rescued by police and a rescue team, said in a statement he was doing well considering the circumstances.

Doctors at the hospital said humans would normally be able to survive for about four weeks without food. Besides eating snow, the man probably survived by going into a dormant-like state, physician Stefan Branth told Vasterbottens-Kuriren.

"A bit like a bear that hibernates. Humans can do that," he said. "He probably had a body temperature of around 31 degrees, which the body adjusted to. Due to the low temperature, not much energy was used up."

Why the man ended up under the snow in the forest remains unknown, police said.

Comments
  • altheawicomb - 2012-02-19 08:39

    That has got to be the next episode of Discovery's I Shouldn't Be Alive.

      Stefanus - 2012-02-19 12:18

      Ah my bad aunty Alicia, I did not see my first post and reposted. When you said "He was not alone" you implied that some god or supernatural being was with him and that is why he lived...you are retarded...that is all.

      George - 2012-02-19 13:14

      Please no more meetings, I'm snowed up

      Putin the " - 2012-02-19 14:38

      @ devil souldaddy, and you need to check into the nearest mutuary!

  • Jason - 2012-02-19 08:42

    Incredible!

  • Jenny - 2012-02-19 08:48

    Wow absolutely incredible !

  • Nico - 2012-02-19 08:53

    I wonder how the car smelled after 2 months of "going" in the car. Hats of to this man tho. He must have a strong will to live. He can be thankful for the snowmobilers.

      Karri - 2012-02-19 09:19

      nico dearie - I don't think anyone cares about poopoo and peepee and bad smells when you are fighting for your life!

      Nico - 2012-02-19 09:50

      karri dearie - its just a thought dont get all hyped up. Its Sunday for pete's sake

      Roberto - 2012-02-19 10:14

      Nothing in, nothing out... or so I think.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-02-19 08:58

    Bear Grylls has nothing on this champ. A real survivor!!

  • Marcell - 2012-02-19 09:14

    I think that fat piggy that is busy fighting a suspension will survive for three months. His biggest irritation would be the white snow covering him.

      Roberto - 2012-02-19 10:15

      Haha. Good one

      Hallo - 2012-02-19 12:13

      What's it like to be thinking about race all day, and night? Does the night irritate you?

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-02-19 09:19

    Great story of human endearance : - )

  • Phatela Pakkies - 2012-02-19 09:37

    tjo

  • Gareth - 2012-02-19 09:59

    How come no one reported him missing? But glad he has been found.

  • Wayne - 2012-02-19 10:11

    Beat that Lewis Gordon Pugh!

  • Franky - 2012-02-19 10:46

    Bet you he even eat his peas in the future !

  • Anton - 2012-02-19 11:30

    This is a load of bunk. The truth will come out

  • Trevor - 2012-02-19 12:09

    Ok, so no number 1 or 2 for two months, no food...well ok if he was a FAT basterd maybe...but still, how does your kidney and liver survive not "working"...this all sounds like a 2 day ordeal, not 2 months.

  • Nik - 2012-02-19 12:54

    Maybe there was someone with him...

      karen.glautier - 2012-02-19 14:36

      What...??? You think he ate the other guy??? :-) lol

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-19 13:10

    Alicia: pleeeease spare us.this is planet earth calling and it's 2012, NOT 1492

      Dmitri - 2012-02-19 14:01

      You should change your name to inthedarkness, because, enlightened, you cartainly are not.

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-19 13:25

    Alicia: sorry, didn't mean to make fun of you. On second thoughts, maybe there WAS someone with him. He ate him!!

  • jackes - 2012-02-19 16:28

    Amazing how we can adjust to almost anything

      Stefanus - 2012-02-19 21:39

      like roaches eh?

  • Simamkele Nolonwabo Twala - 2012-02-20 07:18

    Wow *speechles*

  • Che - 2012-02-20 08:59

    The human body is magnificent, here is proof again that with will power you could accomplish a lot.

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