On an outing in his Toyota Tacoma, Clifton Vial of Nome, Alaska, became trapped in a snowdrift on a deserted road 40 miles from town. To make matters worse, he was out of cell phone range and had almost nothing in the way of provisions or emergency equipment. In order to stay warm, Vial wrapped himself in a sleeping bag liner and occasionally turned on his car. The only food he had on hand was snow and a few cans of frozen Coors Light, which he ate like a can of beans: “I cut the lids off and dug it out with a knife,” he said.
Thankfully, his boss called emergency services on the second day, after he failed to show up for work. The Nome Volunteer Fire Department, along with volunteers, Troopers and Vial’s co-workers searched the area before he was located and rescued three days after the ordeal began. Vial lost 16 pounds, but showed no signs of frostbite.