A lost Swedish man was discovered and rescued Friday, February 17th, according to Reuters. Unbelievably, he had been trapped in his car since December 19th, when the vehicle became snowbound on a remote forest road.
The 45-year-old unidentified man from southern Sweden was initially located by some snowmobilers, who found the Swede huddled in a sleeping bag in the back seat of his car. Later reports indicated that he had no food when he was stranded.
Most people can only survive for four weeks without food, but this remarkable man astonished the local authorities and doctors by lasting 2 months.
A spokesperson for Umea University Hospital said “the unnamed man was doing well considering the circumstances”, which has led some doctors to suggest that the man went into a state similar to hibernation.
“A bit like a bear that hibernates. Humans can do that,” hospital physician Stefan Branth remarked on this dormancy state. “He probably had a body temperature of around 31 degrees (Celsius) which the body adjusted to. Due to the low temperature, not much energy was used up.” This recent rescue might just be the longest time that someone has actually survived in a snowbound vehicle. Maybe some good can come of this brutal cautionary tale.
Maybe this kind of story will shock people into taking action, to carry supplies in their cars in case something awful like this happens to them.
If you’re not sure what you should be driving around with, you can check out our blog post on “How to build a vehicle survival kit”.
Please leave us a comment to let us know what you currently carry in your vehicle that could have helped in a situation like this one.