MAN STUFF: 58yr. Old Man, Lost in Andes for 4mos is found ALIVE; Survived on Rats

Published on September 9, 2013

A Uruguayan father who went missing in the Andes four months ago has been found alive after spending a brutal winter eating rats and raisins to survive.

Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui, 58, was rescued on Sunday after a group of Argentinians who were recording snow levels stumbled across him.

He lost more than three stone during the ordeal and was extremely malnourished, but doctors said he would be ‘back to normal’ in the next few days.

He set out to cross the mountains from Chile to Argentina in May but had to take the journey on by foot because his motorcycle broke down.

He then lost his way during a snowstorm.

A search party had been launched to try and find Gomez, but it was abandoned in July because of harsh conditions.

Officials from the northwestern province of San Juan then found Gomez in a shelter 9,318 feet above sea level.

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