Teenager lost at Sugarloaf used TV survival show tactics
Top news coming in to a chilly San Francisco today is about the teenager lost in the snow on Sugarloaf Mountain.
That teenager, 17-year-old Nicholas Joy of Medford, Mass., survived for 44 hours by following the advice he had watched on television survival shows.
Joy has now left the hospital in Farmington, Maine, where he was being checked out by his doctors, who have finally given him the all-clear.
Nicholas Joy was alone on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain for nearly two days, says Boston.com
Right now his family is eagerly awaiting the return of Nicholas Joy and balloons adorn his home to welcome him home.
Mom, Donna Joy has called her son "strong, smart and awesome."
Nicholas spent many hours in subzero temperatures after he became separated from his father. He followed what he had learned from TV survival shows and made himself a snow cave, used branches to keep warm and drank water from a nearby stream.
Nicholas was finally found by a jet-skier who was not part of the search party that was looking for him (Maine’s Warden Service and Sugarloaf’s ski patrol), but rather was someone who'd decided to go out and look for the missing teen by himself.
It was snowmobiler and Warwick, Mass., fire captain Joseph Paul, who was on vacation, who found him.
"I can just imagine how incredibly relieved that teenage boy lost on Sugarloaf in freezing temperatures must have been to have found someone," says San Francisco resident, Alice Marshall. "This is a story with a very happy ending and I'm very pleased to hear that."
Nicholas had accidentally skied out of bounds at the top of Sugarloaf and when he realized he was lost, he decided to hunker down for the night.
Michael Atherton, Nicholas’ brother, told press he was pleased Nicholas knew what to do in the situation he found himself in.
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