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What It Sometimes Takes to Survive

Earlier today, my friend and fellow outdoors instructor, Derek “The Deuce” Tirado forwarded to me a newspaper article published today in the Canadian Herald Sun.  You can find below the story in its entirety.

As a heads up, I think that you will find it a gripping account since it plainly illustrates the extreme ends to which one must sometimes go to survive.

And, of course, because it underscores one particular life lesson: It is better to potentially be judged by twelve than definitely carried by six.

Read on …

Lost Camper’s Smoke Signals Accidentally Start Massive Island Fire

CANADIAN tourist who broke his foot while camping alone on a remote island in Norway has been rescued after sending out smoke signals – but the fire he started then engulfed a large part of the island.

The 25-year-old man, who has not been identified by authorities, spent three days on the remote northern island of Hillesoy after falling and breaking his foot, Nordlys newspaper reported.

The rugged and sparsely populated island has no cell phone coverage so he eventually resorted to lighting a fire to attract the attention of rescuers.

“He lay there for three days waiting to be discovered but on the third day, today [Thursday], he realised he had to do something himself,” Joran Bugge, who headed the police rescue operation, said.

The plan worked and he was rescued last Thursday – but not before the fire burned down his tent.

Authorities believed the blaze to have died out.

It took the efforts of two army helicopters and around 20 firefighters to bring the fire under control Friday.

“It’s illegal to start this kind of fire, but in this case the police aren’t going to take any action,” Bugge said.

The Canadian tourist was taken by air ambulance to a hospital in Tromso, where a spokesperson described his injuries as “moderate,” The Local reported.

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Erik is the founder of True North Wilderness Survival School. He is a police officer, EMS provider, a Wilderness EMT, and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He has been featured in national and international media, including CNN, the Associated Press, and Backpacker. To learn more about Erik, visit him on LinkedIn and be sure to follow him on Facebook and YouTube.

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