Survival Fail: Signal Fire Gone Wrong

Injured hiker lights island ablaze while signaling for help
Staff Writer

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Three days after breaking his foot in the remote wilderness of Hillesoy Island in Norway, an unidentified 25-year-old Canadian solo hiker decided to light a signal fire.

Smart move, right? Yes and no. The good news is the fire worked, and the hiker was rescued. The bad news is that the fire worked so well it took out his tent, and then kept going, eventually raging across a good portion of the island. It took two Norweigan Army helicopters and 20 firefighters to contain the blaze.

The hiker was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. Officials said that while they could bring charges of arson, they felt the hiker had been through enough already.

From The Daily Mail, via Gadling.

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