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Actor survives on nuts and berries after being stranded in Cumbria

Published on: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Categorised under: Live , Cumbria, Lake District, Weather

Actor and comedian Steve Coogan has described how he spent the night in his car in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.

Coogan was driving near Thirlmere lake during a trip to Coniston in Cumbria when he became trapped. With no signal on his phone he was forced to sleep in his car - with just his dog for company.

He told BBC Breakfast: "I went down the back of Thirlmere lake and got stuck on a landslide there. I was trying to drive past it in this four wheel drive because the other roads were blocked.

"And I got stuck at midnight and there was no signal on my phone and I had to spend the night there."

"Fortunately I had my dog with me, so he kept me company ", he added.

"And I'd been to the shops, so I survived 'Bear Grylls' style on nuts and berries - but I bought them at Marks and Spencer."

The Alan Partridge star later managed to get signal and call a friend for help, but the rescue was slowed when his friend's vehicle also became stuck.

Coogan said: "We had to dig him out, and then he tied a rope around my car and pulled me out, and then we escaped."

Click here to watch Steve Coogan talk about being caught in Storm Desmond

Article taken from the North-West Evening Mail.


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