The 81-year-old man was stuck in the snow for nearly a week and still survived on candy
Jerry Jouret planned to move about three hours on February 24 from Big Pine, California, to Gardnerville, Nevada. But the 81-year-old’s trip was cut short when his SUV got stuck in heavy snow. Jouret survived the nearly weeklong ordeal by chewing on candy, croissants and cookies and adjusting the temperature in his car.
Jerry’s grandson, Christian, says CNN The elder believes that he can get from his mountain house to their family’s home before the approaching blizzard. But things took a turn for the worse when he turned onto a small road and got stuck in a snowy field.
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When daylight goes out, the temperature drops. At the time, California was suffering from extreme weather conditions. Worse still, Jouret, whom Christian describes as “quite small,” Don’t wear clothes for snowy weather.
“He didn’t have much meat in his bones,” Christian said.
In addition to his SUV, the 81-year-old also has a light windbreaker, light blankets and hotel towels to keep him warm. However, he still uses his resources – periodically turning the heating in his car on and off.
Days passed and the snow continued to fall, Jouret stayed with his car. He eats snacks he finds and occasionally eats snow that he catches by rolling down the window.
About half of his third day was stuck, every CNN, Jerry’s car ran out of battery. Christian said the incident happened when his grandfather tried to pull up his power window. So the window still rolled down a few inches for the rest of his time in the snow.
Ping’s cell phone led rescuers to Jerry Jouret’s location in the snow
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a ‘missing person’ notice on Feb. 28. County search and rescue teams had planned to search for Jerry on March 1, but the winter storm further delay the search due to safety concerns.
Finally, on March 2, a California Highway Patrol narrowed the search area through an old cell phone ping. Jerry’s cell phone rang around 4 p.m. local time the same day he started the trip. Weather permitting, two helicopter crews searched for Jerry from the skies around the Gilbert Pass area.
CNN reported that a pilot spotted what he believed to be a large rock jutting out of the snow several inches thick. He was refueling his plane, but the ‘rock’ caught his attention. Upon closer inspection, the pilot noticed that it was a car with a waving arm from a small open window – the same car that had been stuck on the third day.
A Facebook post by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on March 4 detailed the ordeal — along with photos. After the helicopter crew spotted Jerry, they returned to nearby Bishop Airfield and prepared to rescue him.
A rescue team returned to the scene, loaded Jerry on a helicopter, and took him to Bishop Airport. Officials took him to the hospital, but Jerry was released later that same day. He did not have hypothermia, and the nurses did “Shocked at how good his vitality is,” every Christian.
Although he is healthy, but Jerry said CNN he is still traumatized by this experience.
After being hospitalized, the 81-year-old was brought back to his Big Pine home. His next attempt to get to Gardnerville was by bus. Unfortunately, Jerry and his wife’s car is still stuck in the snow, according to the outlet.
“If someone is trapped, don’t give up hope,” says Christian. Some of us think he’s a goner. Never give up hope. The human body is amazing for what it can endure.”