Thursday 19 October 2017

Man found alive holding girlfriend's body after being lost in the Himalayas for 47 days

A family member gives water to Taiwanese man Liang Sheng-yueh at the Grande Hospital
A family member gives water to Taiwanese man Liang Sheng-yueh at the Grande Hospital

Kathy Armstrong

A man has been found clutching his dead girlfriend's body 47 days after they got lost trekking in the Himalayas.

Taiwanese couple Liang Sheng-yueh (21) and Liu Chen-chun (18) went missing after hiking through the remote Nepalese region on March 10.

They had gone against the advice of their tour agency by not hiring a local guide for their trip.

The Himalayan Times reports that heavy snowfall caused the couple to become "trapped on a precipice."

It is believed that after their food ran out they survived by eating snow and salt.

Sadly Liu died on Sunday, just three days before rescue workers found them and airlifted them to safety on Wednesday.

Taiwanese man Liang Sheng-yueh talks to a doctor at the Grande Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal
Taiwanese man Liang Sheng-yueh talks to a doctor at the Grande Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal

Rescuer Madhav Basnet said: "In our heads, we never thought they would be alive."

Liang lost around four-and-a-half stone during his ordeal but otherwise doctors have said he seems to be "mostly normal."

Dr Ajay Singh told CBS: "He was suffering from severe malnutrition. His foot was covered with maggots and hair full of lice.

"Despite having to live like that for 47 days, he appears to be mostly normal."

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