A Swedish man who survived being trapped in a snow-covered car for two months has been rescued and is recovering in the hospital, the Telegraph reported.
Peter Skyllberg, 44, was found in his car Friday off a snow-filled forest road in northern Sweden. He was discovered by passersby on snowmobiles who at first thought the car was a wreck, the BBC reported. When they dug their way to a window they saw movement inside.
Skyllberg said he’d been inside the car since Dec. 19 and survived by drinking only a little snow. It was not immediately clear how he became trapped.
“He was in a very poor state. Poor condition. He said he’d been there for a long time and had survived on a little snow,” policeman Ebbe Nyberg told the BBC. “He said himself he hadn’t eaten anything since December.”
Temperatures outside had been below -22 degrees, the Telegraph reported. One doctor said the air trapped around the car had likely formed a kind of igloo.
“In the car he had very warm clothes, he had a warm sleeping bag, and as the car was snowed under, that would have made it more like an igloo. Down below the snow, you would normally have a temperature of around zero,” Dr. Ulf Segerberg of Norrland’s University Hospital in Sweden said.
He added that it’s not unheard of for someone to survive for so long without starving to death.
“Starvation for one month, anyone can tolerate that if they have water to drink,” Segerberg said. “If you have body fat, you will survive even longer, although you end up looking like someone coming from a concentration camp.”
According to the BBC, one doctor told the Vasterbotten Courier Skyllberg might have survived by going into “a kind of hibernation.”
Skyllberg has not spoken publicly about his ordeal. One of his neighbors described him to the Telegraph as a “loner” who disappeared after a failed business attempt left him deeply in debt.
“He had got into a lot of debt, and he couldn’t pay his bills, and then he just disappeared,” Magnus Jernberg said. “It was a bit of a joke for us. We said ‘Oh, I think they just found Peter’. And then it was Peter.”