>From correspondents in Bratislava
January 31, 2005
From: Agence France-Presse
A SLOVAK man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by
drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.
Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain
path four days after his Audi was buried in Slovakia's Tatra
He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window
and tried to dig his way out with his hands.
But he realised the snow was falling faster than he could dig. and
would soon fill his car.
He had 60 500ml bottles of beer in his car as he was going on holiday,
and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realised he
could urinate on the snow to melt it.
"It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt," he said later. "But
I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful."