THIS is the harrowing moment a badly injured tourist records a desperate video from a glacier asking rescuers to contact his mum as he believed he was going to die – in a chilling echo of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Eitan Shaked survived the elements in what's deemed to be one of the coldest glaciers in the world, Ojo del Albino glacier near Ushuaia, south Argentina.
The 23-year-old from Israel fractured his pelvis and one of his arms, and was even found suffering from hypothermia.
He was rescued when he managed to get a message out via a mobile connection about his accident and a local rescuer saw his message online and raised the alarm.
Eitan shared the video, recorded minutes after the accident and in which he asks rescuers to contact his mother, on Instagram.
He wrote alongside the footage: "Those who know me know that I don't like to philosophize on social networks but this time, unfortunately, I have no choice but to write a little more.
"Last Wednesday I went for a walk in Ushuaia and fell about 10 metres.
"I waited for rescue for a day, disconnected, without taking food or water and also with my pelvis and elbow broken. When they found me I was on the verge of death from hypothermia."
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Eitan's traumatic episode is similar to the true story behind the 2010 Danny Boyle film 127 Hours.
Starring James Franco, the intense drama tells the true story of canyoneer Aron Ralston who was forced to cut off his own arm after being trapped by a boulder in Bluejohn Canyon, southeastern Utah, in 2003.
After being rescued, Eitan was taken to hospital in Ushuaia, where he had his fractures treated.
He said: "I don't understand how I didn't die."
Other footage emerged of a rescue helicopter reaching Eitan and putting him on a stretcher before taking him to hospital.
Firefighter Federico De La Torre said that the 23-year-old was lucky because at the time of the accident, "the day was very beautiful and the night was not cold" compared to how it usually is.
Eitan thanked his rescuers on social media and praised the medical personnel who are still treating him at the Ushuaia Regional Hospital.
Eitan said: "I left Israel when I finished my military service. There I decided to go around the world, particularly South America.
"In fact, my dream was to visit Antarctica and Ushuaia, from where I had read a lot of books. But a few days after arriving in Argentina I suffered the accident that I thought would end everything."
He added: "It's always fun to rediscover how good the human race is. I'm not proud of what happened to me, but I'm glad it ended up that way. After I got sick with cancer a few years ago, dealing with death up close for the second time in my life is not an easy thing.
"Take care of yourself and be responsible. A piece of advice for all travellers: Fly on your trip, but try not to fly off your trip."
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