A woman who crashed off a coastal cliff in California survived for a week by drinking radiator water from her written-off auto. A signal from her cell phone had last been detected last Saturday, but disappeared shortly thereafter.
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office spent the last few days searching along Highway 1 for Andrea Hernandez, who was reported missing on July 6, 2018.
Hernandez was conscious and breathing when located, and she was safely extricated before being transported to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, according to CHP.
Angela Hernandez, 23, of Portland, was found by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office while responding to a report of a white Jeep with OR plates "over the cliff" off Highway 1. She was driving from Portland to visit family in Lancaster, in Southern California. 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.
Angela Hernandez had been missing for seven days
She survived the crash that completely destroyed her vehicle and left her with a shoulder injury, but was trapped on the remote beach by herself. Hernandez told rescuers she was able to stay hydrated by using a radiator hose to siphon water from a nearby stream. "That's weird.' And then we came around another bend and saw the car" at the bottom of a 200 foot cliff, said Chelsea. Monterey County Sheriff's deputies shared pictures of 23-year-old Angela Hernandez being rescued from rocks Friday night.
Her sister shared her relief on Facebook saying: "She's a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to".
"I just want to thank everybody that helped", Hernandez's sister, Isabel Hernandez, told the news station through tears.
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.