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.