An elderly couple in Japan survived by drinking swamp water for 12 days after a car accident – their vehicle plunged 39 feet off a cliff leaving them stranded. The husband, 65 years old, was driving with his 76-year-old wife in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, north of Kyoto, at around 7:00 PM one evening in early November when he swerved to avoid something he saw moving on the road. The car crashed through the road barrier and plunged into a swamp.
The car was reportedly partially submerged, but neither was seriously injured in the crash. The couple was however unable to call for help as they did not have a mobile phone. Instead, the couple stayed in the car and survived by collecting nutrient-rich swamp water in plastic bottles and drinking it. The husband had tried to escape and crawl out of the marsh to call for help, but was worried about his wife who sustained a back injury, and so he was hesitant to leave. The couple was eventually rescued after the husband managed crawl out of the swamp and call for help by the road. He was spotted by a passing driver who raised the alarm leading to their rescue.
We do not want to speculate on what kind of nutrients were in the swamp water that allowed the couple to survive, but it just proves – as proven on more than one occasion – that the Japanese are a hardy people. On another occasion, a 17-year-old Japanese high school girl had gone missing in for almost two months, over a period of time when a typhoon struck and there was rainy weather, only to be found in a not-so-often-visited shrine where she had been surviving on vegetables around and near the shrine.