An Oregon woman who disappeared a week earlier 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.
From her hospital bed, 23-year-old Angela Hernandez posted a detailed account Sunday night on Facebook of her survival after the crash.
Moore, 34, and her husband Chad, 31, of Morro Bay were camping above an oceanside cliff in the rugged Big Sur area of Monterey County when they chose to climb down a cliff to a remote beach to find some good surfing and fishing spots - and a little adventure.
She said her windows were rolled up, and the power was out.
When I woke up, it was still daylight and it was only then that I had finally realized what had happened.
She said she had a brain hemorrhage, collapsed lung, broken ribs and collarbones, and severe sunburn.
Hernandez had been driving to her sister's home in Lancaster, near Los Angeles, on July 6 when a small animal crossed in front of her, causing her to swerve and lose control of her auto, she wrote from her hospital bed Sunday in a Facebook account.
Things never got easier as the days passed, she said, but they did become predictable. "I tried getting into my vehicle, because I had a gallon of water hidden away inside (I was never able to get to it, by the way, ahah)".
"It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both", Monterey County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Thornburg said according to Reuters.
EM: And they immediately got help. She veered off the edge of a cliff, police said, and crashed about 200 feet below, where the ocean meets a rocky beach that is largely isolated from those driving above it.
"Her clothes were in tatters".
The power to her auto was off and every window was closed, Hernandez said. At high tide there's no beach.
"(I) felt like if I could yell just loud enough, that one could hear or see me", she wrote. "Just one person noticing me".
She sent a text around 10 p.m. July 5 saying she was exhausted and stopping to sleep in her vehicle at a grocery store parking lot in Half Moon Bay, in San Mateo County, said a missing persons flier.
While her husband stayed with Hernandez, Moore raced and sloshed her way through water and poison oak, scrambled up a rugged cliff trail to the top to get help from the camp's host and brought back down a pack of food and clothing.
Everything changed on Friday, when Hernandez woke up and saw a woman walking across the shore. "She was with a man and I don't think they could believe their eyes".
"She chose a peanut butter granola bar". She was happy to see us. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital.
"I screamed, 'HEEELLLPPPPP!' and then got up as quickly as I could and ran over to her", Hernandez remembered. "We're like equally in awe of each other. She was really happy to see us and I, we asked her if like, 'Were you in the jeep?' And she said, 'that was my Jeep.' And at that point we just kind of like panicked with adrenaline, like 'oh my god, ' you were in that vehicle we just saw and you're alive", the Moores said. "It's kind of cool".