A German snowboarder trapped on a chairlift for six hours in the Austrian Alps was rescued after burning money to attract attention.

Dominik Podolsky, 22, was taking the lift down the mountain in Hochzillertal on Saturday, only to become stranded after it shut down for the day. He was 10 metres (33 feet) above ground and didn't want to risk jumping for fear of injury and freezing to death.

With no mobile phone and out of earshot from anyone, Mr Podolsky began using techniques he'd learnt in the military to fight off hypothermia, but his limbs went numb and his started falling asleep. trying to attract attention by burning the contents of his wallet with a cigarette lighter. He started with restaurant bills, business cards, and paper handkerchiefs before moving on to the €120 in cash.

Just as he was burning his last €20, luckily for him a ski run cleaning crew spotted his last €20 note in flames. He was taken to hospital and treated for hypothermia, but was able to go home the same night.

Mr Podolsky says he is considering suing the lift company, but they insist he ignored celar warning signs up against boarding the lift.