Woman survives 7 days on radiator water after California crash..

Minnie Murray
July 15, 2018

An Oregon woman who disappeared a week ago was rescued from the bottom of a California coastal cliff where she survived by drinking water from the radiator of her wrecked sports utility vehicle, authorities said yesterday.

Reports say 23-year-old Angela Hernandez was heading to Southern California to see family from Portland when she accidentally drove over a cliff on July 6th. The Oregon woman was conscious but had a shoulder injury and appeared to have suffered a concussion, police said on Saturday.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Thornburg said she was lucky to be alive.

She had been driving from her home in Portland to Los Angeles to visit her sister. She was transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter, then taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, SFGate.com reported. Hernandez last spoke with her family earlier that morning after spending the night in Half Moon Bay.

Alone on the desolate shore for seven days, she survived by using her radiator hose to siphon water from a nearby stream, according to KGO-TV.

She told officers that she had swerved to avoid an animal in the road, and gone off the edge.

Angela Hernandez was found alive after vanishing for a week
Angela Hernandez was found alive after vanishing for a week

Isabel Hernandez, her sister, thanked the people who looked for her. It's not going to be an easy recovery.

Rescue workers attend to Angela Hernandez after she is found. July 13, 2018.

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 said she lost control of her white Jeep Patriot near Nacimiento Fergusson Road at the south end of Big Sur State Park.

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


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