Woman Found Alive After 17 Days Lost In Hawaii Forest, Survived On Water And Moths
Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported Friday. (Photo: Facebook)
Wailuku, HI – A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after missing missing more than two weeks ago
Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported Friday
Family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes confirmed she was with Eller's father, John. Or was airlifted to safety
"I was crying tears of joy," Eller's mother, Julia, said. “I never gave up hope for a minute. I knew that we would find here. ”
The physical therapist from the Maui town of Haiku went missing on May 8. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found in the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside.
Hundreds of volunteers have searched for her since. Eller's parents had offered a reward of $ 10,000 to people here
Javier Cantellops said he was searching for or from a helicopter along with Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers when they spotted about 3:45 pm. near the Kailua reservoir, according to Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. Okagoto's Gregg and the Honolulu Star Advertiser
Cantellops Customs newspaper that she was in the water with a waterfall on either side.
He told CNN he saw or waving her hands at the helicopter.
"It was unbelievable, dude," Cantellops said. "Seeing here for the first time in a long time was just unbelievable. It was nothing short of elation. ”
Or was in an area with thick vegetation, he said. "That vegetation is so thick, it's a miracle that we saw here," Cantellops customs CNN.
The Maui Fire Department brought Or to a hospital for evaluation, Okamoto said in a statement.
Her mother customs the Maui News that Amanda Or survived by staying near a water source and eating wild raspberries and strawberry guavas. She even ate a couple of moths, Julia Eller said.
Her daughter tried to catch some crawfish, but she was "not very successful," Julia Eller said.
"She lost quite a bit of weight, if you can imagine, being lost for that amount of time, ”Julia Eller said. “But she was able to survive it. She had the right skills and did the right thing to buy so that we had a chance to find here. ”Amanda Or suffered a leg fracture, abrasions on her ankles and a severe sunburn, but Julia Or told the Maui News
"And all of those things are treatable," Julia Or said. Read more at Reuters