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(NEWSER) – Three students in their early 20s who set out for a daylong hike in the mountains ended up getting a crash course in survival techniques instead. Brit David Mackie and Dutch friends Frisko De Vries and Merije De Groot are safe after getting stranded for about a week while hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey, reports the BBC. "I've not eaten for seven days now," said Mackie after rescuers finally found the trio, exhausted and hungry but in relatively good shape.

"We ate a few ants and things like that and drank spring water from the mountains." TheIndependent quotes De Vries as telling a Turkish news outlet that "Discovery Channel saved my life. I felt like I was in a documentary channel the whole week."

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