Swede saved after months in snowed-in car
Published: 18 Feb 2012 09:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Feb 2012 14:29 GMT+01:00
A middle-aged Swedish man has been found alive after having sat snowed under in his car for the past two months, with only ice and snow to keep him alive.
The man, who is from southern Sweden, was found on Friday in his vehicle parked on a forest track near the northern town of Umeå, according to a report in the local Västerbottens-Kuriren (VK) daily.
"Absolutely incredible that he is alive, in part considering that he hasn't had any food, but also bearing in mind that it was really cold for a while there after Christmas," a member of the emergency services told the newspaper.
How the man managed to get stranded at the end of the forest track and how he remained undiscovered for such an extended period of time remains a mystery.
The man, who is reported to have been seriously emaciated and barely able to speak or move when he was finally freed from his snowy lair, was discovered by a pair out snowmobiling.
The men spotted the seemingly abandoned vehicle, cleared some of the snow and peered in to find to their surprise that there was a person moving around inside, according to the VK report.
They called the emergency services and the police snowmobile search and rescue team and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
According to the attendant medical staff, it is estimated that he had been in the vehicle for around two months, the time period accepted as the limit for a human to be able to survive without food.
The man is now recovering from his ordeal in intensive care at Umeå University Hospital.
While mystery surrounds the man's plight, it has been concluded that he was able to remain alive due to the plentiful supply of snow embracing his vehicle.