A hotelier in rural Austria was stuck in a lift for four days but skills acquired on a Swedish military survival course helped him pull through, police said Friday.

A friend delivering bread eventually alerted rescue services on Friday after noticing post piled up outside the hotel in Bad Gastein near Salzburg, western Austria.

The 58-year-old man had forgotten his mobile phone on his desk. His repeated desperate cries for help went unheeded and attempts to escape through the lift roof failed.

The hotel was closed at the time, police said.

The Swedish-born man is now "in good health, telling officers that a survival course with the Swedish military had set him in good stead," police said.

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