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Uruguay trekker lost 4 months in Andes found alive

Monday - 9/9/2013, 7:27am  ET

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Authorities in Argentina say a 58-year-old man from Uruguay has been rescued in good health after spending four months lost in the Andes.

The provincial emergency service says Raul Fernando Gomez was found Sunday. It says he had lost about 45 pounds (20 kilos) and was dehydrated, and is being treated at a hospital.

Officials say Gomez had been reported missing in May while trying to bicycle across the Andes between Chile and Argentina. They quote Gomez as saying his bicycle broke down and he tried to finish his trek on foot, but became disoriented by two heavy snowfalls.

He told authorities that he lived off sugar and raisins he had with him and food cached in mountain shelters. He also said he ate rats that he trapped.


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