Trapped Snowboarder Burns Cash to Survive

German tourist is stuck 6 hours on chair lift
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 3:21 AM CST
Snowboarder Dominic Podolsky says he was trapped without a mobile phone and nobody below could hear his cries for help.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – A German snowboarder who was trapped on a chair lift for 6 hours says he'd probably be dead now if he hadn't had money to burn. Dominic Podolsky was stuck on the lift in freezing temperatures when it shut down for the day. After darkness fell, he began burning the contents of his wallet to attract attention and stay warm, and was on his final 20 euro note when he was spotted by a snowcat driver, Der Spiegel reports.

Podolsky was freed from the lift and treated in a nearby hospital for hypothermia and released. He's considering suing the company that operates the lift at a resort in the Austrian Alps, although a spokesman for the firm says the lift isn't meant to be used for downward journeys and that Podolsky apparently ignored warning signs not to board it.

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