Miracle Survival: Alaska man spends weeks in subzero temperatures

Trending

ALASKA (KTUU)   One young homesteader spent weeks alone in the Alaska wilderness before he was rescued by state troopers by helicopter on January 9th. For most of December, Tyson Steele survived in a makeshift shelter, holding out hope that help was on the way.

30-year-old Steele had been living alone in a remote cabin about 20 miles away from the community of Skwentna when he woke up to find the roof of his cabin on fire.

The temperature outside that day was about 15 degrees below zero. He thinks it was December 17th or 18th when the cabin went up in flames.

He subsequently endured more than 20 days alone, with no equipment in harsh, subzero temperatures.

A series of split-second decisions meant life or death for Steele as he had to decide what supplies to save and what to let burn.

His beloved 6-year-old chocolate lab, Phil, did not make it out. Steele says he quickly shoved his dog from the bed, yelling “Go. Get out, now!” He grabbed what he knew they would need to survive the night without proper shelter.

That would be all that he had time to gather. By the time he got outside, he realized his dog hadn’t followed him.

For local, national, and breaking news, and to get weather alerts, download our FREE mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383
Email: OnYourSide@cbsfresno.com

Don’t Miss

Join the Pro Football Challenge
Sunday Morning Matters
MedWatch Today
Hispanic Heritage
Bulldog Insider: The Podcast
The Valley's Armenia
Pros Who Know