An Oregon woman who disappeared a week ago was found alive at the bottom of an oceanside cliff in Big Sur, California, where she survived in the wreckage of her SUV by using her radiator hose to siphon water from a nearby creek, authorities said Saturday.
Angela Hernandez was driving from Portland to Lancaster, near Los Angeles, to visit her sister Isabel when she saw on animal on the road and swerved to avoid it, sending her auto plummeting 200ft off a Big Sur cliff on July 6.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that she was found Friday by hikers in the remote area, seven days after she went over the cliff.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by her sister.
Angela's sister, Isabel Hernandez, is grateful her family member was found safe. It's not going to be an easy recovery.
The 23-year-old had been driving from Portland to Southern California to visit her sister and was reported missing by her family on July 6 when they stopped hearing from her.
Photos posted by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office show Hernandez sitting on the rocky coastline as she received medical care.
Rescuers managed to get her up the cliff and to a helicopter which flew her to a nearby hospital. Authorities determined that Hernandez's vehicle had been in Monterey County about 9:30 a.m. July 6 because it was captured on a business security camera, the San Mateo Sheriff's Office said on Twitter. Her phone goes straight to voicemail.
She said she lost control of her white Jeep Patriot near Nacimiento Fergusson Road at the south end of Big Sur State Park. Angela is an active social media user and since then, she has not been active.
Hernandez told investigators that she plunged off the 200 ft (60m) cliff after swerving to avoid hitting an animal on Highway 1. "Including her vehicle, which was her livelihood", she said.
"I just want to thank everybody that helped", Hernandez's sister, Isabel Hernandez, told the news station through tears.