Missing MA Teen Survives 2 Days on Sugarloaf

Built an igloo for warmth

Mar 6, 2013
Outside Magazine

Nicholas Joy, 17, wandered away from Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine on Sunday and survived two nights in the bitter cold before being found yesterday morning by a snowmobiler.

Joy, who hails from Medford, Massachusetts, was skiing with his father on Sugarloaf when they took separate runs down the mountain and became separated. The boy accidentally skied off the trails on the western side of the mountain and got lost. His father reported him missing when he didn't show up that afternoon.

To survive, Joy built himself a snow shelter to crawl into for the nights. He drank water from a nearby stream during the day and followed the sounds of snowmobiles racing across the snowy terrain. The search for him was suspended Sunday and Monday nights due to deteriorating conditions.

He was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation on Tuesday, but was in good condition, according to local authorities. The boy had a tearful reunion with his parents that morning.

One or two skiers are reported missing at Sugarloaf each winter, but are usually found within the next day.

Via Fox News

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