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Missing Man Survives 3 Days in Backcountry

November 20, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

A snowboarder survived three days lost in the backcountry wilderness by building a shelter of pine boughs as temperatures dropped into the low teens, his rescuers said.

John Ryan, 31, of Erie was found a few hundred yards from the boundaries of the Keystone ski resort, where he had gone riding alone Wednesday, said Mike Schmitt, spokesman for Summit County Search and Rescue.

"Whatever he did, he did something right to stay alive these last three days," Schmitt said. Friends said he was in good condition.

Ryan was reported missing Thursday night after he didn't show up for work at a pub in Longmont.

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