Man Survives Two Months in Car Without Food: Believable or Unlikely?

News 2012/02/20 14:00:00
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According the BBC, a 45-year-old man was found trapped in his car on Friday, about half a mile from a main road in northern Sweden, and claims to have been stuck there since December 19. Temperatures had reached -22F (-30C) in the area, and the man could hardly speak when he was found. Officials say they believe his story, and one doctor says he might have fallen into a "kind of hibernation."

Officer Ebbe Nyberg said, "He was in a very poor state. Poor condition. 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." The man was found huddled in a sleeping bag in the back seat, and is thought to have used melted snow to stay hydrated. Talk about a long winter...

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  • Lady Wi... tncdel 2012/02/21 18:55:41
    Lady Winters
    well then I'll answer yours instead of theirs. ;) Thanks
  • Joseph tncdel 2012/02/21 19:01:39
    You probably went about it the wrong way. The title isn't very well done, and it is not very well organized. Also there is no description. Give them something to work with, if they like the question, then they will add their own little tweaks and make it a featured question.
  • Bart tncdel 2012/02/21 22:39:03
  • safari tncdel 2012/02/22 00:08:42
    it happens to the BEST of us
  • Tree-Hugger 2012/02/21 16:49:23
    I bet they investigate that car and find loads of empty Dorito Packets in the trunk
  • Jay Theyme 2012/02/21 16:32:44
    Jay Theyme
    Something is wrong with this. Yes, there is a kind of 'hibernation state' but you have to counter this with the tremendous amount extra energy needed to keep your body heat up. This means burning some serious calories. Another problem is that cars are terrible shelter as they are metal shells.
    Well.. as some suggested, maybe he was a huge fat guy and happened to have enough sleeping bags and blankets to 'cocoon' inside??
  • Willy 2012/02/21 15:38:50
    It's very possible if he was fat and had water.
  • earl 2012/02/21 13:12:18
    cant happen
  • hari 2012/02/21 13:00:36
    there are cases too
  • JoeWiniewicz 2012/02/21 12:56:23
    He was probably close to the end though. I base this on the following link:

  • CaptænWorgen 2012/02/21 11:46:30
    your body can cannibalize itself for quite awhile if you aren't very active and stay hydrated.
  • Maci 2012/02/21 09:51:32
  • bye im out sodahead 2012/02/21 09:34:29 (edited)
    bye im out sodahead
    Well he did what bears do hibernat for the winter well glad his okay
  • Chukroast 2012/02/21 09:04:01
    He must have been a bear of a man.
  • Spider20 2012/02/21 07:29:49
    I just don't think this is true....
  • mizzSHADYgirl 2012/02/21 07:28:08
    And unlikely. what a crazy story
  • Dana 2012/02/21 06:04:58
    Poor guy, so glad he was found. I hope he makes a full recovery and is able to share the full story someday.
  • jesika.woody 2012/02/21 05:33:31
    So if he ate snow to survive then that means he could reach out of the car right? So why did he not just get out and make half a mile to the high way so someone could find him? We need a follow up with more story to it.
  • FUS RO ... jesika.... 2012/02/21 05:44:31
    It was only 2 feet of snow
  • jesika.... FUS RO ... 2012/02/21 05:50:07
    So he was not stuck?! He must be disabled if he could not get out and simply make his way to the road. Ugh That must have sucked!!!
  • FUS RO ... jesika.... 2012/02/21 05:56:42
    What I read said that. He had a girlfriend, but they broke up. And then he ran into trouble paying his bills and the rent, was 1.6 million kronor ($240,000) in debt and
    hadn’t had contact with his family in 20 years.
  • jesika.... FUS RO ... 2012/02/22 22:21:06
    ? well then I guess he stuck himself there to die then? hhhmmm...
  • sally 2012/02/21 05:22:44
    It's water you can't live without for very long. It's amazing how he survived that long under those cold temperatures.
  • FUS RO DAH! 2012/02/21 04:40:27 (edited)
    Why didn't he dig himself out? Did an avalanche fall on him?
  • Flamingolady 2012/02/21 04:35:00
    Would love to hear the follow up. If people had missed him, etc. It really is hard to believe, and imagine what he went through.
  • FUS RO ... Flaming... 2012/02/21 04:42:12
    I just want to know why didn't he dig himself out?
  • freebirdie FUS RO ... 2012/02/21 05:28:57
    But he's in the ALPS. Are you familiar with snowstorms and white-outs? You are totally LOST and can't tell directions. The main road really means nothing. In the mountains a main road is just that, a main road. Doesn't make it a highway or well travelled one.
  • FUS RO ... freebirdie 2012/02/21 05:38:46
    What I read said it was 2 feet of snow. I could get out of 2 feet of snow.
  • Flaming... freebirdie 2012/02/21 14:36:52
    Well, I live in Georgia, and the most snow I have EVER seen is about 5 inches at one time. And have never seen a white out. We got 4 snows last year, and it was awesome. This winter we haven't seen a flake. Our big snowfall last winter
  • freebirdie Flaming... 2012/02/21 16:03:16
    Well now you've done it~ I want to live in Georgia!!!! LOL..
    Being from MA and now NY..(Not that we are having a bad winter this year) it would just be nice to not have to think about it, worry about driving in sudden white-outs and getting into an accident, or feel cold--or pay the outrageous heating bills. How are your summers?
  • Flaming... freebirdie 2012/02/21 21:09:54
    Hot, really hot. But somehow we get used to it! The flowers here are enough of a compensation for the heat. Daylilies all summer! Our deck in summer
  • Mr. Won... Flaming... 2012/02/21 16:10:13 (edited)
    Mr. Wonderful
    Well I lived in the Chicago area my whole life. While this is a wimpy winter, we've had our share of bad ones. I remember the 1967 blizzard, where it snowed non stop for over 24 hours adding up to I think it was 26 inches of snow. Guess what, people still got around and yeah even drove. That in part is why this story sounds fishy.

    The guy lives in a area of the world where bad winters are the norm. I would then assume he knows or should know how to drive in snow. I don't care how fast it comes down, you have plenty of warning before you get to the point you get stuck.

    At the time I was about 20, I managed to drive home, took four times normal, but driving about 10 miles on surface roads and Interstate was no big deal, with over a foot of snow and it still coming down. My dad told me, if you make it home, stay there, he would take the bus. Of course we worried, our house was five blocks from any main street and he had to cross railroad tracks. I went to meet him there, thinking he would have trouble crossing. Not really. Even though he had to get in snow now in drifts up to his mid chest he managed to get over that last barrier.

    chicago blizzard 1967
  • freebirdie 2012/02/21 04:30:20
    Hey, it could happen. The article says he ate snow. Snow is water. He must have eaten enough to sustain him. You can go a long time without food, but not water.
    As far as air, remember, he was probably able to get out of the car or open a window/door for the first month or more, but I'm not sure there. It says he was curled up in a sleeping bag in the back seat so he must have been able to move around. Cars aren't sealed so tight that the air leaks can't keep up with his carbon dioxide output, especially if his breathing is very shallow. Also, the article said he was in very poor condition. I think this could easily happen.. I hope there is a follow-up story on this.
  • FUS RO ... freebirdie 2012/02/21 04:43:37
    Not to me.
  • freebirdie FUS RO ... 2012/02/21 04:50:59
    Can you explain?
  • FUS RO ... freebirdie 2012/02/21 05:08:24
    Because I would have got out of the car
  • Mr. Won... freebirdie 2012/02/21 21:19:51 (edited)
    Mr. Wonderful
    Heck no... here's a few questions I got:

    1. how much traffic on this "nearby" main road?
    2. was he heading away from this road or heading towards it?
    3. was the guy physically disabled, couldn't walk, injured, whatever?
    4. explain how car got "stuck", ran out gas, hit snow bank, what?
    5. did he have blankets, heavy clothes, matches, lighter?
    6. did he even attempt to go for help?
    7. were the authorites actively looking for him?
    8. his family report him missing?
    9. anyone live nearby, road he was on not traveled at all?

    We can keep going, but while it is on the extreme edge of possible, surving for almost two months alone, in the winter, exposed to the elements except the mimimal protection of a car, no food, etc., it does push the limits and I doubt we know the WHOLE story.
  • freebirdie FUS RO ... 2012/02/21 05:12:56
    Well, he may have only been about a half mile from the main road but since I don't know Sweden's main roads or if the man was disabled and couldn't walk, I'll have to take the police dept's word for it all.
  • FUS RO ... freebirdie 2012/02/21 05:40:17
    Even a diasbled person could get out of the window
  • freebirdie FUS RO ... 2012/02/21 16:04:25
    I don't know. Haven't read up on it.

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