Monday, February 27, 2012

A man survives two months without food in car - Video

 	A snowed covered car sits roadside in the woods north of Umea in Northern Sweden on February 18, 2012. A man was pulled alive from a snowed-in car on a deserted forest road in northern Sweden where he had been stranded and without food for at least two months in freezing temperatures, police said today. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX / ROLF HOJER (Photo credit should read Rolf Hojer/AFP/Getty Images)

Peter Skyllberg survived two months without food in this snow-covered car.

A Swedish man somehow survived without food for two months in sub-zero temperatures after being stranded in his snow-covered car, authorities say.

Peter Skyllberg, 44, is "awake and able to communicate" after being pulled from his car on a deserted forest road on Friday, The Guardian newspaper reported on Sunday.

Skyllberg, who told authorities he had been stuck in his car since Dec. 19, says he survived only by eating snow.

“He was in a very poor state when we found him," police officer Ebbe Nyberg told reporters. "He could not speak, just a few broken sentences and the words, 'snow ... eat.'”

Experts are baffled by Skyllberg's tale. Some believe he went into a kind of state of hibernation.

"A bit like a bear that hibernates. Humans can do that," Dr. Stefan Branth told the Swedish newspaper Vasterbottens-Kuriren. "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."

Another doctor said the snow-covered car may have served as "the equivalent of an igloo."

"Igloos usually have a temperature of a couple of degrees below zero C (32F) and if you have good clothes you would survive in those temperatures and be able to preserve your body temperature," Dr. Ulf Segerberg told The Guardian. "Obviously he has managed to preserve his body temperature or he wouldn't have made it because us humans can't really stand being cooled down like reptiles, for instance, which can change the body temperature."

Two months is the "upper limit" of how long someone can survive without food, Segerberg said. "This is the case of a lifetime," he told The Independent. 


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