A Taiwanese man who went missing last month during a trekking trip in Nepal was rescued after 47 days, but his girlfriend who accompanied him died just three days before they were found.
On Wednesday, a search team found Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, in the mountains in Nepla’s Dhading region, but the rescue proved too late for his female companion aged 19, reports say.
According to Madhav Basnet, a representative from the Asia Trekking Agency based in Nepal, the rescue team spotted a red tent and subsequently found the pair inside a cave underneath a waterfall, some 2,600 meters above sea level.
The man was found alive, but not his girlfriend, a person named Liu Chen-chun.
Liang was sleeping when the rescue team arrived with Liu’s body right next to him.
He was weak but was conscious enough to identify himself and inform the search party that his girlfriend died three days earlier.
The pair was taken by a helicopter to Kathmandu, where Liang was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital.
Doctors said Liang was extremely weak and tired, and lost 30kg of weight.
All of Liang’s hair, infested with fleas, had to be cut off, while there were maggots on the wounds on his feet. Luckily, doctors said Liang’s body is generally fine, though he needs to be given special nutrition.
Liang and Liu had been missing since March 10 after they set out trekking in a mountainous region in Nepal two days earlier.
According to reports, they got trapped on a mountain precipice after heavy snowfall hit the region.
The couple, without a guide, followed a river downhill in the hope of finding a village but was stuck when they reached the edge of a waterfall and were unable to climb back up.
The duo survived on potatoes and noodles in their backpacks during the first two weeks but later had to keep going on just water and salt.
The pair last contacted their families on March 3. When a scheduled phone call on March 10 didn’t come, the families became worried and alerted authorities.
Taiwan’s foreign affairs department got in touch with Nepalese authorities, resulting in a long search operation.
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