Man trapped in snow survives eating hot taco sauce

A man whose car was stranded in central Oregon for five days because of the snow, survived by eating spicy sauce for tacos and periodically turning on the engine of his vehicle to warm up.

Photo: Jeremy and his dog spent five days inside their car, under the snow, in Oregon. (Facebook: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon)
Photo: Jeremy and his dog spent five days inside their car, under the snow, in Oregon. (Facebook: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon)

On Friday, the driver of a snowmobile found Jeremy Taylor, 36, and an element of the search and rescue team managed to approach the area on a huge snow tractor to get him out of the forest, said Sgt. William Bailey, spokesman of the Deschutes County Police Department.

Taylor, a nature lover who likes to drive cross country, had been last seen on February 24 in Sunriver.

The man told rescuers that he and his dog Ally were stranded in the deep snow zone of a Forest Service road hours later that day.

The man slept in his car and when he woke up on Monday, more snow had fallen. He tried to get out, but the snow was too deep, so Taylor and Ally returned to the vehicle.

Thanks to everyone, I'm safe and Ally, my dog, too. I really appreciate the help. I was lucky, you never have to do that again. I'll be in touch with everyone very soon, "he wrote on his Facebook account on Friday night.

In response to a friend's comment in the Facebook post about how he survived by eating three sachets of Taco Bell hot sauce during the time he was trapped, Taylor joked: "Taco Bell hot sauce saves lives!"

Taylor and his dog were in good condition when they were rescued, officials said, but they were hungry.

The center of the state of Oregon has been affected by winter storms in recent weeks.

Sunriver, a well-known tourist destination, is located three and a half hours by car east of Portland.