Friday 20 October 2017

Two US students survive nine days in New Zealand alps on biscuits and jam

Independent.ie reporters

TWO US students survived nine days in New Zealand Alps on biscuits and jam as well as using hot springs to keep warm.

Exchange students Erica Klintworth and Alec Brown, who are both 21, with the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point decided to take a two-day trip on the island’s Southern Alps.



When a snow-storm and temperatures of -8C struck, they got lost.



While a massive search ensued, the students emerged out of the bush by themselves last Sunday in a miraculous move.



We were wearing hoodies, and like, just not the type of thing that you want to be wearing and have when you're stuck in a mountain storm. But I think when it came down to it, we were a lot more prepared than everybody thought," Miss Klintworth said.



They survived on one biscuit with jam a day.



But their apparent lack of preparation for the trek has annoyed local search and rescue teams who said thousands could have been saved if the duo had told someone where they were going.



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