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 Monday, 13 January, 2003, 06:44 GMT
Injured hiker's four-day struggle
BBC graphic map showing Fagaras in Romania
A British man is in hospital in Romania after he broke his pelvis, skull and leg on a mountain hike and spent four days dragging himself to safety in temperatures of minus 15C.

Kenneth Jones, 26, a student from Manchester, suffered multiple injuries when he fell about 80 feet down a rockface on the Fagaras Mountains in Transylvania.

It is believed he was taken to three hospitals before one agreed to treat him, because of the severity of his injuries.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said his injuries were serious but not thought to be life threatening.

His family have flown to Romania to be at his bedside.

Intensive care

Mr Jones told doctors that he had dragged himself through the mountains for four days in freezing conditions before he reached the village of Sumerna.

A winding road in the Fagaras mountains
The Fagaras mountains are popular with hikers
Residents there treated him and called an ambulance.

Dr Marius Tecau, the chief physician at Brasov Hospital's intensive care unit, said the hospital admitted Mr Jones on Thursday.

He is being treated for frostbite, a fractured pelvis, skull and a broken leg at the hospital, which is about 150 kilometres from Bucharest.

Mr Jones survived by drinking melted snow.

Brous Thomas from the local mountain rescue team said the climber had been travelling alone and added he should have taken more safety precautions.

"He didn't tell anyone he was going into the mountains," Mr Thomas said.

"Nobody knew - and that is not good."

Mr Jones has been visited by consular staff from the British embassy in the Romanian capital.


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