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Skier breaks leg, crawls to safety

Published: 02 Mar 2013 10:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Mar 2013 10:07 GMT+01:00

"I just had to go on. There was no other alternative. If I had stopped I could have frozen to death," Börje Falk told the local Sundsvall Tidning daily.

Falk habitually exercised late on the floodlit trails in Torpshammar near Sundsvall in northern Sweden and last Sunday evening was no different.

The conditions were however a little icier than usual and when he fell at high speed on a downhill slope he felt pain in his leg.

"When I looked at the leg and the ski the whole foot was hanging in the wrong direction," he told the newspaper.

With no other skiers in sight, no mobile phone and the lights soon set to turn off, Falk decided that his only choice was to crawl to his car. He arrived five hours later and spent an uncomfortable night nursing his broken leg.

"I had no mobile phone with me and there was only the car waiting for me at home," he told the newspaper.

When morning arrived the 49-year-old resumed his struggle for survival and dragged himself on his hands and knees out to the main E14 road and managed to attract the attention of a passing vehicle.

The ambulance arrived some 30 minutes later and since Monday Falk has been recuperating from his ordeal in Sundsvall hospital.

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Your comments about this article

11:35 March 2, 2013 by StockholmSam
Well excuse me but who goes out in obviously dangerous circumstances alone without a cell phone? Idi0t.
13:03 March 2, 2013 by muscle
if you are going out at odd times, may be it might be better to let some one know that you are going out. might be as simple as leaving a status update on facebook.

cell phones, may work or may not work, but still it would be better to have them with you now that they are quite common!!!
13:49 March 2, 2013 by Rishonim
Happy to hear he made it alright. Yet, agree with the SSam and muscle. Who goes out without a mobile phone nowadays?
15:42 March 2, 2013 by Frobobbles
He needs to practice skiing with one leg.
07:51 March 3, 2013 by skogsbo
I can see both sides of the coin, 20years nobody went out with a phone, but if going out somewhere remotely you would tell someone where you are going. Generally as a rule people would not be considered missing until they hadn't return home by the following morning, these days people go to panic stations if somebody hasn't updated their facebook status for 20mins!

If I'm skiing late or remotely I usually carry my phone and a small headtorch(amongst a few other little things), but I'd still probably drag myself towards help, it's a pride thing.

Stockholmsam - dangerous circumstance?
10:37 March 3, 2013 by StockholmSam
@skogsbo

Yeah, it's dark, it's icy, it's remote, it's cold enough to be life-threatening and the fella was skiing. Sure, we see it as a fun sport, but people get killed skiing. Maybe it is unusual to get killed cross-country skiing, but falling through ice, sliding into a ravine, getting lost, having a heart-attack or getting eaten by bears, wolves or the occasional mad Norwegian are all potential scenarios. This guy fell and broke his leg. What more proof does one need that such activity is dangerous? It is not the same as an evening stroll through the snowy street-lit paths leading to Hemköp on the corner.
13:09 March 3, 2013 by skogsbo
Sam , just stay indoors fella and leave those who actually want to have live a life to enjoy theirs. Ps don't cross the road, ever, and I hope you don't have electricity where you live, that's claimed a few lives too. Heart attack, by exercising he was reducing his risk.
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