8-Year-Old Boy Lost In Michigan Wilderness Survived On Melted Snow

8-Year-Old Boy Lost In Michigan Wilderness Survived On Melted Snow

An 8-year-old boy lost in the Michigan wilderness miraculously survived for two days by eating melted snow and using branches and leaves for warmth.

According to a press release from the Michigan State Police, 8-year-old Nante Niemi was camping with his family at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula when he went missing.

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He reportedly walked off to look for firewood when he went missing on Saturday May 6, around 1:00 p.m.

On May 8, "More than 150 search and rescue personnel from MSP and local police partners, including nine K9s" were searching the roughly 40 square mile area for Nante. The search team consisted of people on foot, people in the air, and people in bodies of water in the area.

The press release noted, "The terrain is very remote and hilly with a lot of standing water due to the time of the year. Several seasonal roads are still impassable because of snow depth."


Amazingly, the search efforts worked a volunteer found Nante under a log around two miles from his campsite. He's since been safely reunited with his family.

The Michigan State Police shared about the discovery on Twitter, explaining that the 8-year-old survived the harsh environment using quick-thinking survival skills.


They wrote, "he covered up with branches and leaves for warmth and also blanketed the log he was under. He didn't have any food but ate clean snow for hydration."

They also noted that when he realized he was lost, "he figured the best thing to do was to just stop and wait." What a smart kid!
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Malorie Thompson

Malorie works as a writer and editor in Northern California. She's passionate about food, conscious living, animal welfare, and conservation. She's worked with a variety of publications in different sectors but is happiest covering topics close to her heart. When not at her laptop, Malorie can be found enjoying picnics on the beach, hiking in the redwoods, and spending time with her rescue pup, Jax.

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