‘Ilford Revenant’ survives wolf terror to tell traumatic skiing trip tale
PUBLISHED: 14:40 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 06 April 2016
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A man who “cheated death” after escaping a pack of wolves in Bulgaria said his grandparents were looking out for him.
Network engineer Janveer Sandhu spoke to the Recorder after being dubbed the “Ilford Revenant” when news broke of his nightmare skiing trip.
The 30-year-old from Ilford, who said he survived because of a higher power, had taken a wrong turn and crashed “face first” into a tree when he was confronted by three wolves.
“They were coming in my direction very slowly,” said Janveer, who had been making his way out of woodland.
“I thought ‘I have got to get back into the woods’ – I took my ski boots off without thinking about it because I had to climb uphill.”
The former Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College pupil, who was bleeding from the nose following the crash, climbed up a tree and stayed there for a whole night.
“I saw some snow mobiles in the distance but I was a needle in a haystack,” he said.
Janveer stayed hydrated by “eating snow” before climbing down the tree in the morning and following a stream in just his socks.
He was soon rescued after he stumbled across a road nearby.
The skier, who is being treated for frostbite, said he is due to have “one and a half toes” amputated.
“I have been quite down but I have come out of it – I feel good now,” he said.
“It was mind over matter – I cheated death by inches. I really feel somebody was watching out for me, maybe it was my grandparents – it really does seem like that.”
Janveer said the survival story was a “big shock” to his family.
“They’ve got me back on my feet,” he said. “It’s had a big impact on my mum.”
Despite his ordeal, Janveer, who was on a European road trip with his friend, said it had not put him off skiing again.
But he said: “Don’t ski alone, without a walkie-talkie – a single wrong turn could change your life.”
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