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Andes: Man eats rats to survive four months

By Sky News | September 10th 2013

Adapted from Sky News

A man who disappeared in the Andes four months ago has been found alive after he ate rats and raisins to survive.

Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui set off in May to cross the mountains from Chile to Argentina on foot because his motorbike broke down.

The 58-year-old Uruguayan then reportedly lost his way after becoming disorientated during a snowstorm.

Officials from Argentina's northwestern province of San Juan stumbled upon Mr Gomez in a shelter 2,840m (9,318ft) above sea level when they travelled there to record snow levels.

Mr Gomez was able to hobble over and open the shelter's door, alerting the crew to his presence.

San Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja told the local Diario de Cuyo newspaper: "The truth is that this is a miracle. We still can't believe it.




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