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Date: 2005-01-25
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Slovak Tatra mountains
Summary: 1 person buried for unknown time in automobile...and survives.


Although it is policy at to post only avalanche accidents in North America,

we have had so many submissions of this

strange survival story, we thought we'd post it.


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Man peed way out of avalanche

A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed

himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the

snow to melt it.

Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering

along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was

buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains.

He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his

car window and tried to dig his way out.

But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill

his car before he managed to break through.

He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car as he was

going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about

the problem he realised he could urinate on the snow to

melt it, local media reported.

He said: "I was scooping the snow from above me and

packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to

melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But

I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful

and I managed to get out of there."

Parts of Europe have this week been hit by the heaviest

snowfalls since 1941, with some places registering more

than ten feet of snow in 24 hours.