Skip to comments.Sierra ordeal: Man dies, woman survives
Posted on 12/07/2012 10:05:40 AM PST by GSWarrior
A woman trapped for six days in the Sierra was found by her brother as she crawled along a snow-covered dirt road where she and her male companion had been testing the man's new four-wheel-drive Jeep, authorities said Thursday.
Paula Lane's companion didn't survive the ordeal and died in the snow after leaving Lane in the vehicle and setting out to find help, said a spokesman for the Alpine County Sheriff's Department.
Lane crawled past her companion's dead body as she was trying to make it to safety, said Undersheriff Robert Levy.
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Nature has a way of weeding out stupid people
Do not leave civilized areas without a well stocked survival pack and means of emergency communication.
One single mishap or poor decision can result in an agonizing experience or death.
Depart from the known path at your own peril.
And 1st rule - make sure someone knows where you are going and when you should be expected back.
Should have brought warm clothing.
Should have brought a survival kit.
Should have stayed on the main road.
Once they go stuck, they should have remained with the vehicle and created a smokey fire. Spare tires create a lot of smoke.
They’d have made it out with a winch equipped Wrangler.
Should a bought a Ford
Went off the highway, got lost/stuck.
He left the vehicle to find help and died. She stayed behind and lived.
I think that's the hint about where things went wrong.
Further point: The additional sub-dermal fat that women carry often makes all the difference in cases of surviving exposure to cold.
I used to drive in some real harry areas when I lived in NW New Mexico. I knew the limits of my VW THING so did not push it beyond those limits. Never had a problem.
I say no
The lines mock us.
The lines teach us conformity.
They teach us to do as we are told.
The lines keep us from exercising our minds.
They keep us from stretching our wings and testing our limits.
Ignore them at your own peril but be smart and have a plan to cover your ass. Know where you are going. Make sure someone else knows. Bring sufficient kit to ensure the ability to deal with unknowns and get back between the lines safely.
Otherwise, be safe and stay on the approved path.
</fevered rant on a slow boring day>
“He left the vehicle to find help and died. She stayed behind and lived.”
They had snow, therefore fresh water, and shelter in the vehicle. With that, they could survive for weeks.
Out in the cold without warm clothes, you might only survive for hours. Not exactly a tricky decision there.
Young people are irresponsible and don’t think past their noses.
They have NO common sense because they watch WAY too much TV, where everything ‘works out’ and problems are just ‘cinematic’. They have the most smug and smart a#@ attitude about ‘the rules’, too!
>> Not exactly a tricky decision there.
I dunno... I’d have to know more about the woman he was trapped in the car with. If it was my ex, for instance...
>> Young people are irresponsible and dont think past their noses.
With the exception of the body part you chose for illustration purposes, I’d have to agree in general.
This story does not mention the ages of the unfortunate couple. I had the impression they were elderly.
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