An Oregon girl who was badly injured and stranded for per week after her Jeep plunged 250 ft over a cliff into the ocean close to Huge Sur in California says she survived by ingesting contemporary water dripping from moss till she was rescued by a pair mountain climbing alongside the seashore.
From her hospital mattress, 23-year-old Angela Hernandez posted an in depth account Sunday night time on Fb of her survival after the crash.
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The Portland girl mentioned she spent every day strolling the remoted stretch of seashore, trying to find assist, and was unable to make her approach again as much as the freeway.
She mentioned she had a mind hemorrhage, collapsed lung, damaged ribs and collarbones, and extreme sunburn.
“For her to outlive for seven days on the coast with waves crashing over you at instances, with accidents that she had, is superb,” Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal mentioned. “She was a fighter. She had the need to outlive and I feel most individuals in that state of affairs most likely wouldn’t have lasted that lengthy.”
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Hernandez had been driving to her sister’s residence in Lancaster, close to Los Angeles, on July 6 when a small animal crossed in entrance of her, inflicting her to swerve and lose management of her automobile, she wrote.
“The one factor I actually keep in mind after that was waking up. I used to be nonetheless in my automobile and I may really feel water rising over my knees. My head harm and after I touched it, I discovered blood on my palms.”
She mentioned she broke a window of her automobile, jumped into the ocean and swam ashore. She fell asleep on the seashore and realized what had occurred after she wakened.
Her shoulders, hips, again and thighs had been radiating ache and all she may see was the cliff, rocks and ocean.
“Individuals don’t usually survive plunges down the Huge Sur coast like this. She could be very fortunate,” Bernal mentioned.
Within the days that adopted, Hernandez walked the seashore trying to find assist, climbing on rocks to keep away from sharp sand and strolling on the shore to get away from sizzling rocks, she mentioned.
“I discovered a excessive spot I used to be in a position to climb as much as and located myself there virtually day by day,” Hernandez wrote. “I may see automobiles driving throughout the cliff and felt like if I may yell simply loud sufficient, that one may hear or see me. That’s all it might take to make it again to my household. Only one particular person noticing me.”
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Rescue crews had searched the realm and located no “apparent” indicators automobile had gone over a cliff, Bernal mentioned.
By the third day, Hernandez’s denims had been torn, her socks had holes and she or he knew she was dehydrated. She made her approach again to her automobile and located a 10-inch radiator hose that had fallen from the automobile throughout the crash.
“I walked farther south down the seashore than I ever had earlier than and heard a dripping sound,” she wrote on Fb. “I regarded up and noticed an enormous patch of moss with water dripping down from it. I caught the water in my palms and tasted it. It was contemporary!!!!”
She mentioned she developed a each day ritual of strolling the seashore looking for new excessive floor, screaming for assist on the prime of her lungs and amassing contemporary water.
“It will be a misinform say that issues received simpler as the times handed,” she wrote. “They by no means did. However, they certain received predictable.”
All the things modified on Friday, when Hernandez wakened and noticed a lady strolling throughout the shore.
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“I assumed it was a dream,” she wrote. “I screamed, “HEEELLLPPPPP!” after which received up as rapidly as I may and ran over to her.”
Chelsea and Chad Moore had been mountain climbing and in search of locations to fish after they noticed Hernandez’s wrecked automobile after which her. Chelsea Moore ran and received assist as her husband stayed with Hernandez and gave her contemporary water.
“We simply sort of panicked and had been like, ‘Oh my God, you had been in that automobile we simply noticed and are alive,’” Chelsea Moore instructed KION-TV in Monterey County.
Chelsea Moore made her method to a camp and referred to as 911 earlier than recognizing a lacking particular person handout with Hernandez’s photograph.
She rushed again with assist and Hernandez was hoisted up a cliff by rescuers and brought by helicopter to a hospital, the place she is recovering.
“I couldn’t imagine that they had been even actual,” Hernandez mentioned of her rescuers. “I couldn’t imagine that we had lastly discovered one another.”