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Man Survives More Than A Day Under Snow, Boards Barking Dog Alerts Father To Son Trapped In Collapsed Fort

A man was recovering at a Seattle hospital Saturday after spending about 28 hours trapped in a wooden fort that collapsed under snow, authorities said.

Charles Lundin, 22, was found Friday night by his father and his work supervisor, who said they were alerted to Lundin’s plight by his barking dog.

Firefighters who helped dig Lundin out from 4 feet of snow and boards recorded his body temperature at 82 degrees, said his father, Dave Lundin. He estimated his son had been pinned for 28 hours.

“He shouldn’t even be alive,” the older Lundin said Saturday. “He has no feeling in his right leg. A vertebra in his back is compressed. He has a broken nose and two black eyes. He’s just a mess.”

Lundin was taken Friday night from Wenatchee’s Central Washington Hospital to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was listed in serious condition Saturday night, a nursing supervisor said.

Dave Lundin said his son underwent back surgery Saturday and also was suffering from hypothermia, frostbite and exposure, as well as a broken ankle and nose.

The wooden fort, which Charles Lundin had built as a child, was located in woods behind the travel trailer where he lived outside of town, Dave Lundin said.

Dave Lundin said his son had decided to tear down the shack Thursday afternoon to make way for a larger cabin he planned to build. He had removed a few items from the shack when it collapsed under the snow.

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