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Fishermen lost for days during an expedition in frozen Siberia have confessed to eating one of their friends to stay alive.

Survivor Alexander Abdullaev, 37, has admitted that he and a friend ate their pal 44-year-old pal Andrei Kurochkin after he'd frozen to death in the minus 40 degree temperatures.

"He died by himself. He froze to death. Only after that did we start eating him," Abdullaev told Neryungri investigative department in the Sakha Republic.

Abdullaev says he and fellow survivor Alexei Gradulenko, 35, were kept alive for a week by eating their friend's body before they were rescued.

DNA tests are being carried out on human remains found by rescuers to establish their identity.

Another fisherman in the group Viktor Komarov, 47, has still not been found.

The party had been missing for nearly two months after their jeep sunk in a frozen river stranding the ice-fishing party in one of the most isolated spots in the world.

Forensic examinations of the recovered body are said to show that sections of flesh had been carefully slices away while joints had been butchered.

The hunters are said to have turned to cannibalism when all other food sources ran out.

"At one point they were surviving on moss and sawdust. They were desperate," said one official.

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