RESCUED: Explorer lucky to be alive after attempting to trek across Siberia on his bicycle

A CYCLIST from Spain who undertook the arduous task of biking across Siberia in -50C temperatures had to be rescued by locals after he was found in a thin tent suffering from frostbite.
Jose Andres Abian Pajares, originally from Zaragoza, was discovered on a mountain pass in the Kolyma region of Russia during freezing conditions.
His rescuers took him to hospital in the town of Susuman, 400km north of Magadan from where he had set off weeks earlier, and reports claim ‘he could have died’.
The 47 year-olds journey began when he flew from Moscow to Magadan aiming to ride to Lake Baikal near Irkutsk, about 4,660 km away, sharing his travel experiences on his ‘around the world’ blog.
He has previously documented his cycling adventures from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Romania, Iceland and Morocco, to name a few.
According to British press reports, recovering Pajares, who is recovering, will have to spend New Year in the remote area of Siberia as there are no flights out of the region until January.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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