Four days trapped in a hotel lift

2013-04-22 16:20

Salzburg - A Swedish man survived four days without food or water stuck in the lift of an empty hotel in Austria.

The Telegraph reports that hotel owner, Thomas Fleetwood was doing a final check at Hotel Eden in the Austrian ski resort of Bad Gastein when the property's lift broke down between the fifth and ground floor. 

Since he had left his mobile phone in the office and no one else was in the building, he had no way of notifying the outside world of his predicament. He told police that skills gained from a survival course he had done with the Swedish military saved his life. 

"The lift has never broken down before. I just hadn't expected anything to happen. I broke a small glass panel at the front door of the lift and that gave me some fresh air, and tried to take off the roof of the lift to climb out, but that didn't help either," Mr Fleetwood told the Austrian Times.

The hotelier was eventually discovered by a friend delivering bread who noticed a pile of post outside the hotel and let himself in using a spare key before alerting the local firemen for help.

He reportedly talked to himself and made plans for the future during his time in the elevator.

Mr Fleetwood was treated at a local hospital and was said to be "in good health", it was reported.

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