Man rescued after three weeks in Alaska wilderness

Tyson Steele, 30, had lived alone in his remote cabin but after it burned down he built shelter in the form of a snow cave and state troopers eventually spotted his SOS message in the snow.
1:40 | 01/13/20

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We turn to a story of survival. A man rescued after surviving three weeks alone. He was stranded in the wilderness after his cabin burned to the ground. Gio Benitez with the story. Reporter: This morning, an incredible story of survival. A man rescued 23 days after he was stranded alone in the alaskan wilderness. You can see S.O.S. Written in the snow as the rescue helicopter hovers above. Tyson Steele had been living in his remote cabin, but in mid December that burned down. His closest neighbor was 20 miles away. A flaming piece of cardboard went up the chimney and landed on the roof. It started a slow fire. Reporter: Steele wearing just long S, a wool sweater and boots with no socks. He said he survived the first two nights by making a snow cave, and then putting together a temporary shelter using pieces from his burned down home. On Thursday, after a friend hadn't heard from Steele in weeks, state troopers went for a wellness check, and they saw him waving his arms and that S.O.S. Message etched in the deep snow. There were some dark thoughts that came along, but I was one-minded to just get through it, just to survive. And we're glad he's okay. Once Steele was take ton a safe location, authorities say he asked for two things, a shower and a McDonald's breakfast combo number 2. I had to look that up. Sausage egg McMuffin and coffee. That's all he wanted. Usually you want to be 20 miles away from your neighbor. Not in this case. Thank you for bringing that to us.

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