Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Woman survives seven days on radiator water after California crash

Woman survives seven days on radiator water after California crash

A 23-year-old OR musician who had been missing for a week was found alive at the bottom of a California cliff in the wreckage of her vehicle, where she survived on water from her Jeep's radiator.

Angela Hernandez, from OR, was found by hikers on Friday evening after they saw the wreckage of her SUV partially submerged at the bottom of a 200ft (61m) cliff in the Big Sur area.

About 8 a.m. July 6, she notified her family that she was continuing the drive, the flier said.

He didn't say if Hernandez had any food, but said she survived by using the radiator hose from the vehicle to divert water from a nearby creek. She had been driving on the scenic coastal road from her home in Portland to Los Angeles. Hernandez told authorities she'd been stranded at the edge of the Pacific along central California's rugged coast since July 6.

Emergency personnel used ropes to pull the woman up from the bottom of the cliff

Heavy fog in Monterey County hampered the search but on Friday, a couple of Big Sur campers noticed her partially submerged auto wreck at the bottom of a cliff and called 911. She was transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter, then taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, SFGate.com reported.

Hernandez told her rescuers she had been there for a week, according to California Highway Patrol dispatch logs. It's not going to be an easy recovery. Hernandez was injured but able to walk and talk, according to Monterey County Sheriff's Cmdr.

"My sister is alive, she's talking, and she's still trying to come to understand everything", Angela's sister, Isabel Hernandez, wrote on Facebook Saturday morning. "She was found by two people walking in the area, who called 911".

The money raised is now to be donated to Ms Hernandez, her sister said. "It's day seven and you guys helped us through the whole thing and Angela would not be OK" without you.


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