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Bolivian jungle crash survivor lived on urine and insects

The sole survivor of a plane crash in the Bolivian Amazon stayed alive in the jungle for three days by drinking his own urine, eating insects and by trying to alert rescuers by drawing arrows with his blood.

With a broken shoulder blade and ribs, punctured lung and a head wound, Minor Vidal was barely able to wriggle free from the wreckage of the aircraft. He was finally rescued when a navy patrol boat spotted him waving his shirt on a river bank.

The 35-year-old medicines and cosmetics salesman was one of nine passengers and crew on a flight with the Bolivian airline Aerocon, travelling from Santa Cruz to Trinidad, when it crashed 10 miles from its destination on Tuesday evening.

Using skills learned on camping and fishing trips and in the Scouts, Mr Vidal survived 62 hours in the jungle as he set off in search of help.

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