Survival expert talks about prison break escapees

The successful prison break by David Sweat and Richard Matt has been in the headlines recently.

The story generated a lot of questions; How could they escape from Prison? How is it they were able to elude police for so long?

A local outdoor survival expert offered insight into how the pair survived.

"These guys did pretty good with hiding," said Jim Solomon.

Solomon is a local outdoors expert and teaches classes in the valley on outdoor survival and preparedness. He says the fact the two men were able to last that long in the woods, with evidently no training, was pretty incredible.

According to reports, Matt and Sweat spent more than two weeks together before separating because Sweat claimed Matt was slowing him down.

Authorities say they traveled mostly at night and managed to steal food, a gun, and other supplies from hunting camps and cabins deep in the woods.

"The set up with them, they found those cabins, hunting cabins, there was food, and water, it was pretty upgraded," said Solomon.

When Sweat was shot, authorities found his bag containing maps, tools, bug repellant, and pop tarts. A few of the staples that Solomon says is necessary for survival.

"Water is number one, food is number two, and shelter is number three," he said.

Sweat was taken into custody near the Canadian border. He had made it about 30 miles from the prison they escaped from.
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