An 8-year-old boy who was misplaced and alone within the woods for two days survived by consuming snow and masking himself in branches to remain heat

  • An 8-year-old boy went lacking in Michigan Saturday whereas out tenting together with his household.
  • After a big search and rescue effort, the second-grader was discovered secure on Monday.
  • He advised police he ate clear snow and lined himself with leaves and branches for heat.

An 8-year-old boy in Michigan who bought misplaced whereas out tenting together with his household spent two days fending for himself earlier than rescuers discovered him on Monday.

Nante Niemi went lacking within the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park of Michigan’s Higher Peninsula on Saturday afternoon, in keeping with Michigan State Police. The boy went off to gather firewood however didn’t return to his household’s campsite, prompting them to name police.

Michigan State Police and native police mobilized a search and rescue get together of greater than 150 individuals, in addition to Ok-9 items and aviation to look the roughly 40-square-mile space in foot and from the air. On Monday afternoon, a search volunteer positioned Niemi cuddled underneath a log about two miles away from the campsite.

“He had braved the weather by taking shelter underneath a log the place he was finally discovered. He’s in good well being and reunited together with his household,” MSP mentioned in a press release.

In one other tweet, MSP famous that many had requested how the second-grader survived within the woods, the place temperatures have been within the 30s and 40s.

“Lieutenant Wickstrom says the boy advised them he lined up with branches and leaves for heat and likewise blanketed the log he was underneath. He did not have any meals however ate clear snow for hydration,” MSP mentioned.

Cat Bigney, a survival skilled on the Boulder Out of doors Survival Faculty, beforehand advised Insider that foliage may be nice for creating insulation to maintain your self heat.

“I’ve slept in massive piles of leaves, and simply type of wiggled within the leaves in snowstorms, simply to have that insulating impact holding in my core physique temperature,” Bigney mentioned. “Something that is going to create some lifeless air area to maintain that warmth in.”

Officers additionally mentioned the boy had walked a trail until it dead-ended, at which level he determined the most effective factor he may do was cease and wait.

The volunteers who discovered him additionally supplied to hold him out of the woods, however Niemi “advised the fellows who discovered him that he needed to stroll!” MSP mentioned.

Hurley Faculty District, the place Niemi is a scholar, mentioned Monday, “Phrases cannot describe the feelings and pleasure the scholars and employees are experiencing at this second!”