U.S. Students Survive 9 Days in N.Z. Bush

Two studying abroad trapped by a storm

Caty Enders

Two students from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point returned safely to New Zealand’s Christchurch on Monday after surviving nine days trapped in the wilderness following a snowstorm. Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth, both 21, were camping for a night at national park on the country’s South Island when heavy rains and a snowstorm flooded the river they would have to cross to return. The couple had packed minimal food and said they soaked in the nearby hot springs to “keep warm and slow energy loss.” Their disappearance wasn’t noticed until eight days later, when a helicopter and search and rescue crew were dispatched.

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