Missing for 11 days, Korean trekker survives by drinking own urine

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2017 02:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2017 07:40 PM

Choi Sungkyu was found alive after missing for 11 days in Barlig, Mt. Province. Photo courtesy of Barlig Municipal Police Station

A Korean traveler bound for Banaue who went missing earlier this month was found alive on Tuesday.

Choi Sungkyu checked out from an inn at Barlig, Mt. Province last June 9 and had not been seen until today. 

Police last communicated with Choi on June 13. 

Choi was found at around 10:40 a.m., Tuesday in a part of a mountain in Barangay Latang, Barlig.

"May hunter na local dun na kasama sa search and rescue team na nakakita sa kanya. Mahina na siya. Hindi alam mag-English nung local, pero nakuha pa rin niya i-convince na sumama sa kanya papunta sa rice fields,” Police Chief Inspector Carolina Lacuata said.

Choi was able to survive 11 days in the mountain without enough food and water.

He told the rescuers that the only food he had was a bag of peanuts which he thriftily ate when he realized he was lost.

After he finished the peanuts, he chewed his paper bills, believing that these contain salt which could help him survive.

He drank spring water, but there were moments when he could not find a source, and being desperately thirsty, he drank his own urine.

Choi is now in a stable condition and confined in a hospital in Barlig.

He will be brought to Baguio City tomorrow.

According to the investigation of the police, Choi is a real estate broker in South Korea. He is in the Philippines for vacation and really wanted to hike alone.

--With reports from Mae Cornes, ABS-CBN News