On Wednesday, a Taiwanese hiker was miraculously found alive and airlifted to safety after he spent 47 days lost in a remote valley of the Himalayas.
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According to a report by CNN, Liang Sheng-yue (multiple sources have referred to the hiker as Liang Sheng-yueh) and his girlfriend, Liu Chen-chun, set off headed for the Langtang region of Nepal’s Rasuwa district on March 9 but shortly thereafter were beset by a snowstorm.
The couple lost their bearings and fell roughly 100 meters off a cliff into a ravine near the Narchet River, where they took shelter in a cave.
According to CNN, a search effort was launched when the families of Sheng-yue and Chen-chun lost communication with the duo and requested help from the Nepalese government in locating them. The Guardian reports that Sheng-yue’s father even chartered a helicopter on his own in Nepal to search for the two.
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The two hikers survived on potatoes and noodles they had for the first 8 to 10 days. Time reports that it is believed once they ran out of solid food, they survived solely by eating snow and salt.
Madhav Basnet — an official at Kathmandu-based Asian Trekking Agency, and one of the three rescuers who found Sheng-yue — told CNN when Sheng-yue was discovered, he was sleeping in the cave in which he had sought shelter. Sheng-yue informed his rescuers that his girlfriend had passed away three days prior to their arrival.
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“In our heads, we never thought they would be alive. So when we found the boy alive, we got scared for a second. He greeted us by saying ‘Namaste.’ He was very happy,” Basnet told CNN.
Sheng-yue had lost 66 pounds during the grueling 47-day experience and was found to have maggots infesting his right leg, per the Guardian.
He was airlifted to the Grande International Hospital, in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu where he is currently being treated. Though CNN reports he has no physical injuries, doctors say he is “not very stable psychologically.”
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