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Man Rescued After Being Trapped Under Snow 28 Hours

February 5, 1995

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) _ A man was pinned beneath a pile of wood and snow for 28 hours before his barking dog alerted the man’s father to where he was.

Charles Lundin, 22, had a body temperature of 82 degrees when firefighters pulled him Friday night from 4 feet of snow and a pile of boards from a collapsed shack, said his father, Dave Lundin.

``He shouldn’t even be alive,″ Dave 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.″

Charles Lundin underwent back surgery and was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Dave Lundin said his son was tearing down his childhood fort Thursday afternoon when the shack collapsed. Dave Lundin went to look for his son Friday after receiving two phone calls from his son’s fiancee.

At his son’s trailer, Lundin noticed the dog barking in nearby woods. The younger Lundin’s boss also had come to look for him, and the two headed toward the dog.

When they noticed the heap of wood and snow, they hollered and then heard Charles Lundin groan in response.

``I assured him we were here and would get him out. Then we began digging,″ Dave Lundin said.

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