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article imageSwedish man rescued after two months in snow-covered car

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 19, 2012 in Travel
A weak and emaciated 45-year-old man, who was rescued from inside of a snow-covered car in Sweden, is believed to have been trapped for two months.
Snowmobilers spotted a car buried in snow along a forest track in northern Sweden on Friday. When they cleared snow from a window they spotted the man lying in a sleeping bag in the back seat.
The Telegraph reported that police said the vehicle was discovered about a mile from a main road.
The man was too weak to speak much but did say he had been trapped in the car since December 19.
"He was in a very poor state.Poor condition," the BBC quoted policeman Ebbe Nyberg as saying. "He said he'd been there for a long time and had survived on a little snow.
"He said himself he hadn't eaten anything since December."
Rescuers said it was incredible that the man was alive considering that he had not had food and that it had been very cold during the time he was trapped, with temperatures dropping as low as -30C (-22F).
Doctors at Umea University Hospital, where the man is recovering, said humans are normally able to survive for about four weeks without food. They believe this man survived by eating snow and going into a state resembling hibernation.
"A bit like a bear that hibernates," the Irish Times quoted Dr. Stefan Branth told Vasterbottens-Kuriren as saying. "Humans can do that. He probably had a body temperature of around 31 degrees which the body adjusted to. Due to the low temperature, not much energy was used up."
It is not yet known why the man had been travelling in that area or how he became stuck in the snow.
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