A 58-year-old man from Uruguay has been found alive after disappearing in the Andes Mountains of South America 4 months ago. Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui reportedly lost 44 pounds during the 4 months he spent in an Andean mountain hut at 9,318-feet in provence of San Juan, Argentina. He survived by eating rats, sugar, raisons, and leftover foodstuffs in the mountain hut.
Raul was lost in May 2013 when attempting to cross the Andes Mountain Range from Chile to Argentina on foot after his bicycle broke down. He was found last week by Argentine officials who traveled to the hut to record snow levels.
“The truth is that this is a miracle. We still can’t believe it.” – San Juan governor Jose Luis Gioja told the local newspaper Diario de Cuyo newspaper.
Raul was examined by a doctor and is expected to make a full recovery and be discharged from the hospital in a few days.
“He’s a patient with high blood pressure, a history of smoking and signs of undernourishment. He’s going to be fine and in a few days we’re going to discharge him.” – Medial doctor who saw Raul told Uruguayan newspaper El Pais
Our hats go off to Raul. This must have been a grueling 4 months of winter in that hut with very little food. Raul is a strong man, especially to have lost 44 pounds and survived. We’re extremely impressed. We bet Raul has a completely different perspective on life and we bet he witnessed some beautiful moments in those mountains this winter.
Kinda brings the old story of “ALIVE” to mind where an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes in 1972 and survived 102 days before being rescued.