December 9, 2011
When Clifton Vial got stuck in a snowdrift off a rural highway in western Alaska, he was forced to turn to a few cans of frozen beer to survive the experience, reports TIME NewsFeed
Deprived of solid food for 60 hours, Vial used the calories found in the beer to keep his body heat up and prevent hypothermia.
Vial ate the beer like a can of beans.
"I cut the lids off and dug it out with a knife," he told the Anchorage Daily News.
While rescuers searched for his stranded vehicle, the 52-year-old survived off the couple of cans and no liquid water.
Vial got stuck in a snowdrift 40 miles north of Nome, Alaska after he started driving late Monday night. Out of cellphone range and wearing flimsy layers, Vial used his sleeping bag and a towel to maintain his body heat. Although he turned on the vehicle every so often to blast the heat and listen to the radio, the -17 degree weather was relentless. As 60 hours of waiting approached, the gas gauge neared E.
Vial's absence from work on Tuesday sent up red flags and his boss called in a search. On Thursday a Nome rescue crew found Vial in his truck. Vial was taken back to civilization and quickly started re-hydrating by drinking a gallon and a half of water each day, he told ABC News.
Vial did not get frost bite and lost 16 pounds while stranded.