An incredible story of survival. No proper food and look at that terrain. Updates to the story suggest the man was on the run from the law.
|Cold, bone-chillingly cold,
lost in a snowstorm in Andean spring.
So chillingly cold in the white-out.
Scared, soul-baringly scared,
Hope, a shadow of hope,
Hunger, gut-retching hunger,
Despair, mind-crushing despair.
Survive, the strength to survive,
Knock, the faintness of the rescue knock.
Strength, last-gasp dying strength,
Relief, body-sobbing relief,
8th September 2013 – headline from
Notes: “Man survives four-month Andes ordeal“. A Uruguayan man who went missing in May while trying to cross the Andes mountains from Chile to Argentina has been found alive, officials say. Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui, 58, got lost in snowstorms after his motorbike broke down. He was found in a mountain shelter at an altitude of more than 2,800m (9,300ft) by Argentine officials. Mr Gomez survived by eating leftover supplies in the shelter and whatever else he could catch, including rats. He has been taken to hospital in an emaciated and dehydrated state, but is expected to make a full recovery. Argentine officials from the north-western province of San Juan stumbled across Mr Gomez after arriving in the area near the shelter by helicopter to record snow levels. An enfeebled Mr Gomez was able to open the shelter’s door and alert the crew to his presence.
- Man survives four-month Andes ordeal (bbc.co.uk)