Yegor Krivoshapkin, 45, was found alive with frostbite in Yakutia, the “Ice Kingdom” of Siberia, known as the coldest populated region on earth – the reindeer herder cannot remember how he wandered there or how he survived
A man was miraculously rescued from Siberia after being lost in the “Ice Kingdom” for more than two months.
Yegor Krivoshapkin, 45, was found alive with frostbite in the coldest populated area on earth two weeks after rescuers gave up that there was no hope of finding him alive.
The father of three was found about 190 miles from his missing place in Yakutia, the “Ice Kingdom” of Siberia.
He managed to avoid attacks by brown bears and wolves roaming the region.
Rescuers scratch their heads as the reindeer herder couldn’t explain where he wandered to or how he survived in the first place.
It disappeared in August, late summer, and was found in conditions where temperatures dropped to -20 ° C.
According to some reports, the missing man stumbled upon a shipment of canned food that had been dumped on the tundra as emergency supplies for lost shepherds during Soviet times.
His relatives had been told: “Nobody can survive under such conditions, you have to be realistic”, but they never gave up hope, they said.
They hired a clairvoyant, Maria Kupriyanova, known as Sanaaya, who had predicted he would be found alive on an important family day.
“He was found on my grandson’s birthday,” said his sister Svetlana. “I am so grateful to her. Is it mysticism or reality? “
Then Yegor suddenly appeared in a tent that the reindeer herder Rodion Golikov had equipped with a stove and provisions when the man was missing in Verkhoyansk, one of the coldest continuously populated districts in the world.
It is a far cry from where it was last reported, but a place widely used by shepherds.
It took another five days after he was found by a villager for a Polar Airlines helicopter to track him from the air and land safely to pick him up.
He was hospitalized in Batagay.
He told Svetlana by phone that he had “switched off” and “lost his sense of reality”.
He “slept under trees” and said he had “blackouts” and felt “forgotten” as he wandered around alone.
Yegor was previously missing in July 2019 when he was disoriented by forest fires in the Ust-Yana district.
After six weeks of missing people, rescuers gave up believing he had been eaten by bears or wolves.
On that occasion, he was about 75 miles from where he was last seen in September.
He admitted he was “in a panic” after getting lost because of the smoke.
Yegor is currently in hospital and is being treated for frostbite, but doctors say his condition is stable and he can “walk”.