Transcript for Alaskan Native Survives Trek through the Wilderness
Tonight, a survival story. The stuff legends are made of. Lost and injured in the frozen alaskan wilderness, desperate for help, fighting off wild animals and almost giving up hope. ABC's aditi Roy with the story. Yeah, I think it'ses it's a miracle that I'm still alive. Reporter: By all accounts, Craig Johnson shouldn't be alive. I also couldn't feel my legs from here hon down. Reporter: Johnson was in the middle of an 80-mile trip on his snowmachine to visit family in barrow, Alaska, when the vehicle crashed through the ice, catapulting Johnson waist deep in the frigid sea water. I knew I had to get walking because I knew if I stand there any longer, I'm going to freeze to death. Reporter: His clothes soaking wet, Johnson trekked 30 miles in the pitch dark through the frozen wilderness on the northern most tip of Alaska, temperatures 35 degrees below zero, his lung punctured but his will strong. Then another chilling moment. A Wolfe Ryan chases him. I didn't want to be beat. Reporter: Finally, he found shelter in this wooden box. Only four feet long. By this time, search parties were looking for him but the choppers passing right over him. When they just passed right by me, I just couldn't stop crying. Reporter: How did he survive? Experts say the human body has defenses that kick in to keep you alive in severe cold. Shivering generates heat. Then your body starts redirecting blood from your face, hands, arms and legs to vital organs. After three days, Johnson was rescued by his cousin. Something inside me made me scream at him, telling him I'm right here. He was just yelling, ahh, I'm here! Reporter: Tonight, Johnson, recovering at the hospital. Surviving the wilderness and the odds. Aditi Roy, ABC news, los Angeles.
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