Hikers have found a US woman alive a week after her vehicle plunged off a California cliff and she also reported missing afterward.
According to Monterey County Sheriff’s office, Angela Hernandez, 23, stay alive by using the hose from her jeep’s radiator to siphon water from a creek.
Hikers found her on Friday. They saw her vehicle somewhat submerged at the bottom of a 60m (200ft) cliff in the Big Sur area.
Ms. Hernandez also had a shoulder injury and appeared to have suffered a concussion. She further told investigators that she had veered off to avoid hitting an animal on Highway 1. It is California’s famed coastal road.
She was traveling from her home in Portland to Los Angeles to visit her sister. Her family offered $10,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts after not hearing from her for days. Afterward, family members traveled to the area while police start searching on the ground and from the air.
Monterey County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Thornburg also called her lucky.
“It’s usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both,” he further said.
Ms. Hernandez needs time to get over her trouble, her sister Isabel told.
“This is very traumatic and will be a slow recovery process”, she concluded.
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