Dachstein, Austria – In early November 2017, a 45-year-old German mountaineer fell into a 30-meter crevasse at roughly 2050 meters on the Dachstein in Austria. The man survived 5 days before he was located and extracted by Austrian rescuers on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
The man set out on his climb on Saturday, November 4, 2017. When he did not return, his father alerted German authorities. Shortly after, Austrian police located the man’s car near Vorderen Gosausee thanks to a SIM car installed in the vehicle.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the man was able to acquire a cell phone signal and send a distress call. Authorities heard only breathing, but responded via text message. The missing climber sent a text and shared his GPS coordinates. Luckily he carried extra batteries to power his phone for multiple days.
Once authorities knew his location, 25 rescuers responded to the scene despite winter conditions and avalanche danger. They extracted the man from the crevasse. He had survived on protein bars. He was hypothermic, thirsty, and had an injured shoulder and ankle, but was otherwise ok.
What a lucky dude!
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