After she was missing for six days, 23-year-old Angela Hernandez has been found and rescued after surviving a 200-foot crash off of Highway 1 in Big Sur.
Stranded on the shore for a week, Hernandez said she used a radiator hose from her vehicle to collect fresh water to stay hydrated.
"For her to survive for seven days, on the coast, with waves crashing over you at times with injuries that she had is unbelievable", Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal told reporters Monday. She had been driving on the scenic coastal road from her home in Portland to Los Angeles.
She was last seen on CCTV at a filling station on 6 July, about 80km north of where she was found.
Photos posted by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office show Hernandez sitting on the rocky coastline as she received medical care.
Hernandez, who had been missing since July 6, was taken by helicopter to a hospital, according to a Facebook post by the sheriff's office late Friday.
Monterey County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Thornburg said: "It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both". She made her way back to her vehicle and found a 10-inch radiator hose that had fallen from the auto during the crash.
"She knew that she had to get out of the auto, she found a multi-purpose tool in the vehicle". Isabel Hernandez, her sister, thanked the people who looked for her. I hope everyone will have patience for her and her recovery, ' Angela's sister Isabel Hernandez wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
On Facebook, Hernandez said she swerved to avoid a small animal in the road, before losing control of her Jeep and crashing off the cliff.
She was finally rescued Friday by two campers who spotted her mangled vehicle.
Chad Moore stayed with Hernandez on the beach, while Chelsea Moore ran back to the campground and called 911. "She's going to have a long recovery".
"The only thing I really remember after that was waking up", she wrote. "Just one person noticing me". Angela is an active social media user and since then, she has not been active.
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