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Alaska man survives three weeks with little food and shelter

Alaska man survives three weeks with little food and shelter


a man has been rescued after surviving
more than three weeks in the Alaskan wilderness with little food and shelter
state authorities rescued 30 year-old Tyson Steele after a fire destroyed his
remote cabin he lived on canned foods that survived the blaze and made a basic
tent out of debris in the sub-zero temperatures authorities only found mr.
Steele after concerned family members asked them to check on him he had
written an SOS message in the snow by the remains of his house and video
released by Alaska State Troopers shows the moment of his rescue police have
released their interview with mr. Steele in which he told the story of his
survival and rescue felt like I tore my lung out he bought the cabin made from
tarpaulins and planks from a Vietnam War veteran the hut was in the remote
Susitna Valley northwest of Anchorage about 20 miles from the town of Skwentna
mr. Steele is not sure exactly what night the fire started as he has been
living alone in the cabin since September but he believes it was 17 or
the 18th of December when he put a big piece of cardboard in his wood fire
stove it started with a pretty hasty mistake he said I’ve had wood stoves all
my life I knew that you don’t do that so it sent a spark out through the chimney
which landed on the roof mr. Steele woke up to fiery drips of plastic falling
from his roof early in the morning he ran outside wearing only boots long
johns and a jumper to see that the cabin was fully ablaze he ran back in to grab
blankets and his rifle as smoke filled the room but he was unable to save his
chocolate Labrador Phil he thought the dog had escaped but only realized he was
trapped inside when he heard howling from the burning cabin I was hysterical
he told police I have no words for what sorrow it was just just a scream felt
like I tore my lung out I’m not exactly trained the fire ignited hundreds of
rounds of ammunition and a propane tank in the cabin stored near the food supply
it was like a war zone mr. Steele said he shoveled snow on the blaze for hours
but could not save the shelter he gathered what cans of food had survived
many had popped open in the heat and he said all the food ended up tasting like
burning plastic and spent the first two nights in a
snow cave he then fashioned a basic tent from scraps of tarpaulin built in a dome
around the wood stove it is by no means a cozy cabin that I was able to put
together he said it just took the edge off em steel managed to keep the wood
stove burning by using tree bark and a candle he kept with him he stamped the
SOS sign in the snow using ash to make the letters stand out and made a trail
to the frozen lake nearby where he thought a rescue plane could land I’m
not exactly trained I’ve just always been in the outdoors
he said watched a lot of YouTube videos he was eventually saved when his
relatives concerned by his lack of contact asked authorities in Alaska to
check up on him after his ordeal mr. Steele said he would go back to see his
family in Utah they’ve got a dog he told officers and that would be some therapy

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