Man lost in Andes found alive 4 months later

Updated 15 September 2013
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Man lost in Andes found alive 4 months later

BUENOS AIRES: Argentinean authorities have rescued a 58-year-old Uruguayan man who had been lost in the Andes mountains since May.
Raul Gomez Cincunegui was spotted at the Sardina mountain shelter on Sunday, at an altitude of some 4,500 meters (nearly 15,000 feet) in the Los Patos Sur valley.
Police then transferred him by helicopter to a hospital in the eponymous capital of western San Juan province.
“It’s a miracle,” San Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja said.
Rawson Hospital chief of operations Victor Olmos said Gomez was recovering in the intensive care unit but was “only dehydrated” and otherwise in good health. He also had signs of malnutrition.
Gomez survived feeding on sugar and raisins he had with him, as well as food stored in mountain shelters, according to a police report.
“I still cannot believe it. He came here and spoke by phone with his wife, his mother and daughter. He was very excited, though exhausted,” said Gioja.
Gomez had been reported missing in May while he traveled by motorcycle from Uruguay to Chile. There, his motorcycle broke down so he decided to cross the Andes on foot.
He said he became disoriented after heavy snowfall and was left stranded at an altitude of 4,000 meters.
A search for Gomez was called off in July due to heavy snowstorms.
Gomez, who has a history of heart and respiratory problems, ventured across the mountain range after crossings for hikers were closed on April 30.
His case recalled the Andes flight disaster of 1972, when a charter plane carrying members of the Old Christians rugby team of Uruguay crashed in the Andes.
The accident left 29 dead — some due to the crash and others due to an avalanche — and the 16 survivors were rescued alive after spending 72 days stranded in the harsh, high-altitude mountain conditions.
Their ordeal was made into film and television shows, including the 1993 feature “Alive.”


Russians capture hungry polar bear roaming Arctic city

Updated 20 June 2019
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Russians capture hungry polar bear roaming Arctic city

  • Polar bears have been increasingly wandering into inhabited areas of northern Russia as climate change and regional development reduce their habitat and food supply
  • In February, officials declared an emergency after dozens of polar bears entered a settlement on the far northern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, attracted by its rubbish tip

MOSCOW: Russian officials said Thursday that scientists have captured a hungry polar bear found roaming the streets of an Arctic city, hundreds of kilometers from its natural habitat, and would take it to a zoo to recover.
“Zoologists have caught the female polar bear wandering around Norilsk,” the authorities of the industrial city said in a statement, adding that the bear had apparently trekked south from the shores of the Kara Sea, which is part of the Arctic.
Polar bears have been increasingly wandering into inhabited areas of northern Russia as climate change and regional development reduce their habitat and food supply and they turn to other sources such as waste bins.
The animal — estimated to be around one year old and weighing some 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) — is being inspected by veterinarians.
Officials plan to send the bear to a zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Friday.
“The animal’s health does not allow for her to be released into the wild,” the statement said.
“In Krasnoyarsk, the bear will be fully examined and receive the necessary treatment.”
Images of the visibly exhausted animal roaming Norilsk in search of food have gone viral.
Sightings of polar bears so far south from their usual habitat are rare.
In February, officials declared an emergency after dozens of polar bears entered a settlement on the far northern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, attracted by its rubbish tip, and some wandered into buildings.