Trekker lost for four months in Andes found alive

San Juan's Governor Jose Luis Gioj, right, speaks with Uruguayan Raul Gomez Cincunegui, bottom, at the Rawson hospital in San Juan. Photo / AFP
San Juan's Governor Jose Luis Gioj, right, speaks with Uruguayan Raul Gomez Cincunegui, bottom, at the Rawson hospital in San Juan. Photo / AFP

Authorities in Argentina say a 58-year-old man from Uruguay has been rescued in good health after spending four months lost in the Andes.

The provincial emergency service says Raul Fernando Gomez was found Sunday. It says he had lost about 45 pounds (20 kilos) and was dehydrated, and is being treated at a hospital.

Officials say Gomez had been reported missing in May while trying to bicycle across the Andes between Chile and Argentina. They quote Gomez as saying his bicycle broke down and he tried to finish his trek on foot, but became disoriented by two heavy snowfalls.

He told authorities that he lived off sugar and raisins he had with him and food cached in mountain shelters. He also said he ate rats that he trapped.

- AP

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