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76-Year-Old Man Survives 10 Days In Remote Desert On Melted Snow

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Snow is seen on the ground around a Joshua tree and other desert plants in the Red Rock National Conservation Area on Jan. 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Snow is seen on the ground around a Joshua tree and other desert plants in the Red Rock National Conservation Area on Jan. 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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RENO, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A Colorado man survived 10 days in the remote Nevada desert by melting snow and using skills he learned as a Boy Scout, but the Lovelock man he was traveling with has been found dead.

Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machado says 76-year-old James Klemovich of Littleton, Colo., was in good health near his vehicle when he was found Tuesday by military personnel holding training exercises in the area.

“He told his wife that he felt pretty good for being out in the desert for 10 days,” Machado told the Reno Gazette Journal.

They found 75-year-old Lovelock, Nev., resident Laszlo Szabo dead about a mile and a half away from the Lincoln Town Car.

Machado says the two had been exploring mining interests, but got lost on March 18.

They were reported missing by family members who hadn’t heard from them in several days.

Officials say Klemovich was treated and released from a Fallon hospital.

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