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Lost hiker claims 'ghosts' lead him to safety


Posted on Saturday, 23 November, 2019 | Comment icon 10 comments

Did Soong receive help from beyond ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Mingqun Pan
After ten days lost in the wilderness, a Taiwanese hiker found his way back home with a remarkable tale to tell.
The alarm was first raised back on November 10th when 60-year-old Soong Rui-xiong failed to return home after going hiking in the mountains of Pingtung in southern Taiwan.

An extensive search-and-rescue operation was quickly organized which at its peak saw 111 police officers and firefighters as well as 284 volunteers comb the region for any trace of him.

After ten days of unsuccessful searching things looked grim, but then much to everyone's surprise, Soong suddenly reappeared and was taken to the police station by a local villager.

After thanking authorities for their efforts, he explained that he had survived after his rations had run out by eating natural sugar from plants and drinking water from streams.
The most interesting thing of all however was how he managed to find his way to safety.

According to Soong, while hopelessly lost in the mountains he was approached by a kind couple who lead him back towards civilization. He had remained with them for around two hours, but then suddenly turned to discover that they had completely disappeared.

After a brief search, he found the path back down from the mountains.

He believes that the couple who guided him were actually the ancestral spirits of two indigenous Taiwanese people who once lived in the region.

Source: Asia Times | Comments (10)

Tags: Ghost, Hiking

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by debra odem on 23 November, 2019, 21:16
I have made a similar dream about someting similar and they was a map mountain ?!?
Comment icon #2 Posted by papageorge1 on 23 November, 2019, 23:28
Cool story.  Papameter: 60% Paranormal Help    20% Regular People   20% Hallucination/Hoax
Comment icon #3 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 24 November, 2019, 0:56
Pretty interesting story but nothing paranormal at all. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 24 November, 2019, 1:08
That kind of story happened before to other people...strange stuff Maybe day dreaming while starving and getting exhausted ? I don't know how many died following the directives of ''ghost'' we will never know that side of the coins. But a lot of people got themselves in asylum and jail because they have done crazy things that hallucination told them to do...at least some have saved their life with it!
Comment icon #5 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 24 November, 2019, 1:24
The way I see it is. The ghosts were thought forms. His mind created them to help retrace his steps. I think that is possible, like your memory itself is trying to push you in the right direction.  I know where I'm going with this but I'm crap at explaining.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog on 24 November, 2019, 3:12
That's a good way to make it up, it's a made up dream and it probably help him calm himself, good that it was not a dream about eating is arms...
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti on 24 November, 2019, 8:27
Getting lost for 10 days in the mountains and being 60 years old, and eating on sugar and water for gods knows how many days, your mind can lost it sometimes.
Comment icon #8 Posted by highdesert50 on 26 November, 2019, 23:49
There is a fair amount of research on the effects of dehydration and cognition. Even a two percent loss of body mass due to dehydration causes cognitive impairment particularly for tasks involving attention, executive function, and motor coordination. Greater than six percent has been shown to result in delusions -- is his recollection accurate? For example: meta analysis of thirty three studies on Dehydration and Cognitive Performance, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: November 2018 - Volume 50 - Issue 11 - p 2360?2368
Comment icon #9 Posted by QuickQuickSlow on 4 December, 2019, 19:02
I love stories like this
Comment icon #10 Posted by Don Caesar on 5 December, 2019, 0:38
Poor chap may have been hallucinating. The air gets thin up in the mountains.


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