Alaskan police rescue man trapped in freezing wilderness for 20 days
Alaskan state troopers on Thursday (January 9) rescued a man who has spent at least 20 days trapped in the sub-zero wilderness, after seeing his "S.O.S." message written in the snow. In an official statement, Alaskan state police said they responded on Thursday to a request for a welfare check on Steele, who had not been able to make contact with the outside world for several weeks. They located Steele, who had carved a giant "S.O.S." in the snow, and were able to take him back to safety with them. According to Alaskan state troopers, the area in which Steele was camped is more than 20 miles from the nearest settlement, and accessible only by air.