"I shouldn't even be alive" says 17-year-old hiker rescued after 30 hours in the snow

by Daniel Payne · Jan 9th, 2020 4:46 pm

Last Updated Jan 9th, 2020 at 6:36 pm

A 17-year-old hiker is breathing a sigh of relief after he survived being stranded in the snow-covered Utah mountains for more than a day, telling media: "I shouldn't even be alive."

Nicolas Stacy-Alcantara went on a hike last week near Salt Lake City, Utah, planning to return in time for dinner. The weather took a turn for the worse, however, and eventually the young man found himself surrounded by snow, with a non-working cell phone and feet that were beginning to freeze.

He built himself a snow cave and survived by rubbing his chest and keeping himself awake all night. The next morning he located skiers with a satellite phone and was able to call for help. He was airlifted out of the mountain range and is expected to make a full recovery, with no amputations needed in spite of second-degree frostbite on his feet.

"I'm very lucky," he said of the ordeal.


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