AZ man built snow cave to survive in Utah canyon

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A snowmobiler from Arizona who survived two nights in a remote northern Utah canyon says he built a snow cave and used pieces of his snowmobile to protect him from the cold, but he had little to drink after his bottles of Gatorade froze solid.
 
Lawrence Orduno said in an interview Tuesday that his snowmobile got stuck Saturday after he and a friend were separated. He decided to hunker down after realizing he couldn't dig out of the chest-deep snow.
 
The 48-year-old says he started a fire with his cigarette lighter and crushed two Gatorade bottles to free some ice to stay hydrated.
 
A searcher spotted him Monday, thirsty and cold but otherwise healthy. Orduno says he wants to thank the dozens of people who joined the search.

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