Transcript for Man Survives Snowmobile Accident and the Alaskan Wilderness
This morning an incredible survival story. It involves this gentleman and it has even doctors amazed. A man survives a snowmobile accident in the alaskan wilderness. He falls through the ice and braves the bitter cold for days. This morning he is telling his story and ABC's aditi Roy joining us on his rescue and how he's doing this morning. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. An amazing survive story. Craig Johnson seemed to defy the odds. For three days he battled subzero temperatures, walking for miles in the wilderness looking for help, with the wolves snapping at his heels. Just when he lost all hope, help arrived. I think it's a miracle that I'm alive. Reporter: This morning Craig Johnson shouldn't be alive, but against unfathomable odds, he is. I couldn't give up. I had to do it for my boys, my family. Reporter: On December 15th, the 38-year-old alaskan native was on his way to visit family for the holidays. Halfway through his 80-mile trek in pitch dark, his snow machine suddenly plunging through the ice. Everything just happened so fast. When I fell through the ice and the snow machine sank, I jumped back onto the ice and I was crawling. Reporter: His fall piercing cold sea water, punk temperatu turing his lung and threat, desperately searching for help. Then another bone-chilling moment. That's when I heard the wo wolverine on the ice, playing with me. After warning shots failed to keep the ferocious animal at bay, Johnson used a stick to defend himself, until he stumbled on his wooden box fewer than four feet in length. It became his shoulder from the cold and the wolverine. Days passed, Johnson was reported missing and several rescue helicopters flew over and passed him. That third night when they passed by me, I lost all hope and I laid back down in that box I was in and I just felt like that was a grave for me. Reporter: After three days, a desperate and determined search team led by Johnson's cousin, Clifford Benson was closing in. Benson says the wind and snow all but erased any sign of Johnson's tracks or shelter until -- I've never heard a yell like that. I've never heard someone yell like that in my life. If Clifford didn't find me, that was going to be my last night, I knew it. They were going to bring me home in a body bag. Reporter: This helicopter rushing Johnson to the nearest hospital where he is still battling frostbite and recovering from his injuries. Surviving the seemingly unsurvivable, all thanks to his cousin who says they are Alaska tough. Another strange twist to this story. Johnson says his will to survive was especially strong because his father died when he fell through the ice and drowned in 1998. Johnson is incredibly grateful he's alive to see his two young sons. Dan and Paula? He is tough. Wow. Aditi Roy, thank you for that. He survived it and what a story he can tell. He needs to write a book. They're probably going to make a movie out of it. You have big dreams. I do have big dreams, but trekking 30 miles through the snow. Great for him and his kids. Coming up on "Good morning America," on vacation, we
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