Swedish snowmobilers who thought they had discovered a car wreck found inside a man very much alive, two months after the car was snowed under by a sudden storm.
The man, 45, was barely breathing and could utter little more than a few short words. He had been in the car since December 19. Police are not sure why he was in the forest in the first place. They found no food or water in the car and concluded that the man had probably eaten snow at some point. Until very recently, the car was buried under heavy snowfall, which would have made it difficult to get out to get anything, let alone snow.
Doctors at the hospital where the man was admitted theorized that the man had kept himself alive by huddling up in a sleeping bag in the back seat and putting himself into a near-hibernation state, not unlike bears and other animals.
The maximum time for a human to be able to survive with food is thought to be four to six weeks and without water is thought to be half that. According to the Guiness Book of Records, the longest a person has gone without water is 18 days.