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Man Rescued After Surviving Winter on Foot in Andes

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A 58-year-old Uruguayan man who disappeared four months ago in the remote Andes Mountains has been found alive.

Argentine authorities say they found Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui Sunday in a shelter 2,840 meters above sea level when they traveled there to record snow levels.

Gomez set out in May to motorcycle across the Andes between Chile and Argentina. He said his motorcycle broke down and he tried to finish his trip on foot, but became disoriented by two heavy snowfalls. Local media reported he survived winter by eating rats he trapped, sugar, raisins, and food stored in mountain shelters.

He lost 20 kilograms during the ordeal and is dehydrated, but doctors say he is otherwise in good condition.

A search for Gomez had been called off in July due to heavy snowstorms.




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