SAN JUAN PROVINCE, Argentina (NBC/RTV) - A 58-year-old Uruguayan man who disappeared four months ago in the remote Andes Mountains was found alive after he spent a brutal winter eating rats and raisins to survive.
The discovery came Sunday.
In May, Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui set out to cross the mountains from Chile to Argentina on foot because his motorcycle broke down. He then reportedly lost his way during a snowstorm.
Argentine officials stumbled upon Gomez in a shelter more than 9,000 feet above sea level when they traveled there to record snow levels.
Sugar, raisins, rats and the shelter's leftover supplies kept Gomez alive through the winter.
According to an Uruguayan newspaper, a doctor who examined Gomez was surprised by the man's resilience, as he had high blood pressure and a history of smoking.