In a chilling story, of which details are still emerging, a 45-year-old Swedish man has been found alive after being stranded in his snow-covered car near the Arctic Circle for a reported two months. He survived without food, but was apparently able to melt snow for water.

According to authorities, men on snowmobiles were traveling through the forest in Sweden's northern town of Umeå when they came across a vehicle buried in the snow. Being nearly a mile from the main road, they cleared the windows to peer inside and were shocked to see a man huddled in a sleeping bag on the back seat. Rescue services soon arrived, in tracked vehicles, to bring the seriously emaciated man to the hospital.

Since the rescued man is barely able to speak, the medical staff has estimated that he was trapped in the vehicle for about two months –
about as long as a human can survive without food. Despite temperatures plunging a low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit, the vehicle and its thick layer of snow apparently helped to protect him from the extreme weather. The man is currently recovering in an intensive care unit at Umeå University Hospital.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 109 Comments
      Dylan Bender
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know how much you know of wilderness survival, but when your out in the woods with no idea where to go, the worst mistake you can make is walking away from your vehicle. You vehicle can be the easiest object to spot in the wilderness and it supplies both insulation and a place to stay. Staying in his vehicle seemed to be the right idea with this guy. I'm guessing he went off roading and got stuck in something and a big snow storm came in disorienting him of where he was. As for starting the vehicle, when your blocked in with snow, with a vehicle running all the emissions will be pouring out of it. If your exhaust is plugged those will go into the car and may lead to CO poisoning or another type of gas pollutant.
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think after a week or two I would have tried to dig my way out for better or worse...
      NaNa
      • 2 Years Ago
      OH! Ye of little faith!!! Can't we believe in something good happening every now and then, and enjoying the pleasure that we enjoy?
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Vahid David
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he survived 2 months in his car without food, chances are he had a dog... had! :(
      shihtzu
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a story about a man that is alive after 2 months of hell so where did child molestation come up?? Stop being trolls and just be happy he is alive Sheeesh!
      Danny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, I cant even lay in the back of my XJ for two hours....
      Butch Lemmon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The man was sure lucky to survive in cold weather. It is a good thing he had a sleeping bag to sleep in. That protected him from extreme cold.
      Afterschool
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fortunately all Swedes keep a cache of Ikea Meatballs in their glove compartment for just such an emergency.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just read this story a bit ago and yes, it's impressive. I just have one question. Unless his car was completely out of fuel when he was snowed in, why not just leave it running for a good bit of time and let the ambient temperature around the engine and exhaust begin to melt the snow away...? At least enough to get the vehicle to a point where it can actually move. Just seems like there are plenty of "escape plans" you can come up with in two months time that are better than curling into a ball to die in the back of your car...
        TJ Wenger
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Carbon Monoxide Much? If the exhaust was covered in deep snow, it would melt the snow around it, however still trap the gases, which would lead back into the car. The more you know :)
          peteee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TJ Wenger
          Dwight, you're retarded.
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TJ Wenger
          Carbon monoxide?! How much snow do you THINK was around him?! Did you people even READ the article?! He could put the windows down and scoop snow from the ******* roof!
        peteee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I can't fathom trying to understand why you would think of such a thing as "leaving it running for a good bit of time and let the ambient temperature around the engine and exhaust being to melt the snow away..." WHAT!? lol come on man.
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @peteee
          peteee, have you ever lived in the snow? You're telling me that a large chunk of metal that's at a constant 200+ degrees WOULDN'T be beneficial in such a situation?! Exhaust gases alone are around 300 - 500 degrees, and that's just coming from the exhaust exit. Keep in mind the entire exhaust system from the exhaust manifold through the entire length of the car will be at these temperatures as well. Seems more than enough to possibly achieve traction. Sounds better than curling into a ball and waiting for help like a little b*tch...
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        i think because that would be like trying to save a sinking ship with a spoon. digging out and walking back would be the approach i would take, but he might have been under so much snow digging out was impossible.
      jfjr901
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry guys but something is not right the jeep was stuck but what about the doors also did the battery run out and engine die how was he able to melt the snow to drink but couldn't walk a mile to the main road but glad to know he was found alive even though no missing man report was made by family friends or neighbors
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jfjr901
        If the snowfall was so heavy that all signs of roads were covered by snow and the falling snow was so heavy that he count not see more than a few feet ahead of him, he would have gotten lost and froze to death in a very short time if he had left the car. He did the right thing to stay in the car.
    • Load More Comments