A missing teen found alive is causing quite a buzz on the internet this evening, as the Washington Post reported this Tuesday, March 5, that a teen skier, 17, was recently found alive and well after surviving two nights out in the wild and freezing cold by building a snow cave for shelter.
Under the headline, “Mass. teen builds snow cave to survive 2 nights after disappearing from Maine ski resort,” sources report that in a self-survival tale, a resourceful missing teen found alive lived two nights out in the cold by drinking from a stream, building a snow cave during the night for shelter, and finally making his way to the sound of snowmobiles on the third day.
A snowmobiler — who was not acting as a member of an official search party — finally found Nicholas Joy of Mass., at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning just west of Sugarloaf Mountain. He was quickly taken to a local hospital, but was deemed overall in good health (although admittedly and understandably cold).
“I said, ‘A lot of people are looking for you,’” snowmobiler Joseph Paul recalled telling the 17-year-old when they met up. “He said, ‘I bet. I’ve been out here for two nights.’”
Paul, a 44-year-old volunteer fire captain, said that the teen told him he knew how to stay alive in the wild from watching a survival show on TV. He built a shelter from snow and hemlock branches at night, drinking from an unfrozen stream for water, and tried to start a fire with sticks but was unable to.
“Other than cold, he seemed to be in really good shape,” said the rescuer.
Sugarloaf ski resort General Manager John Diller said that he cried when he heard the missing teen was found alive and well.
“It was almost like a miracle,” he said.