Teen grateful to be alive after 30 hours in Utah mountains

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo provided by University of Utah Health, Nicolas Stacy-Alcantara, 17, of Fresno, Calif., poses for a photo at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he is recovering after surviving a night alone on the Utah mountains. (Jen Pilgreen/University of Utah Health via AP)

A California teenager who survived nearly 30 hours alone in the snowy Utah mountains says he kept himself awake with phone alarms, built a snow cave for shelter and held a special beaded bracelet to keep his hopes up.Β 

17-year-old Nicolas Stacy-Alcantara of Frenso says he decided to go for a day-long hike in relatively mild weather last week while visiting an ex-girlfriend.

Snow and dropping temperatures forced him to stop and spend the night outdoors.

The high school senior managed to find other hikers the next day who called for help with a satellite phone. He was treated at a hospital for frostbite but isn’t expected to need any amputation.

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