Swedish motorist survives snowy ordeal

The drivers who have competed for the Camel Trophy in Brazil and battled to become Le Mans 24 hour racing champions have all exhibited great powers of endurance. However, none of these inspirational figures have pushed their minds or bodies to quite the same limits as the Swedish driver who was recently discovered in the snowy wilderness of Umea.

The fact that the Swede is still alive after spending two months buried beneath the snow is wholly remarkable. The feat was made even more astonishing as he only had limited supplies, his car, and basic sleeping bag to keep the cold at bay.

This case is of such a unique nature that it has been the cause of much conjecture in the Swedish medical community.

The Chief Medical Officer of Noorland University said that the temperature in snowed-in cars tends to be similar to igloos.

He states, “Igloos usually have a temperature of a couple of degrees below 0C and if you have good clothes you would survive in those temperatures and be able to preserve your body temperature.”

A well known doctor responded by saying, “A bit like a bear that hibernates. Humans can do that. He probably had a body temperature of around 31C which the body adjusted to.”

The motorist who was rescued by local snowmobile riders may not have given much thought to the reasons for his survival. Indeed, his primary concerns were probably finding hot food and a warm bed to spend the night. Here at duck2water we hope that he had car insurance to cover the damage sustained by his vehicle.

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