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1000FT FALL CLIMBER CUT OPEN TO SURVIVE.

A CLIMBER who called himself the luckiest man alive after surviving a 1000ft fall down Ben Nevis last night told of his terror ordeal.

When medics found ice-man Daniel Hudson in a freezing stream, his body temperature had plummeted to 29C - a life-threatening level.

The 34-year-old town planner, from Kendal, Cumbria, said from his hospital bed in Inverness: "The doctors told me I was the coldest casualty they had encountered in six years.

"One of the mountain rescue team told me to buy a lottery ticket as I was so lucky to be alive."

Mr Hudson, who was left with broken bones in his left forearm, had his abdomen cut open by surgeons at Fort William so that six litres of hot fluid could be pumped into his body to thaw him out.

Mr Hudson, a climber since the age of 11, said: "I didn't expect to survive that fall. On the way down I was thinking of my wife Fiona and my family.

"I feel very lucky to be alive. Not many people survive a fall of that length and on such rocky and icy terrain."
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Author:Mackay, Caitlin
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 30, 1999
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