WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) – A Hawaiian woman found alive in a forest on the Maui Island, having disappeared more than two weeks ago, said she sometimes struggled not to give up.
Amanda Or told New York Times that, despite these moments, she told herself "the only option I had was life or death."
"I heard this voice saying," If you want to live, continue. "And as soon as I doubted my intuition and try to go in a different way from where it was telling me, something would stop me, a branch would fall on me, I would stump my toe or I would travel," said Or, 35, a physiotherapist and yoga instructor. "So I was like," OK, there's only one way to go. "
Or was found damaged Friday in the Makawao Forest Reserve.
Or, who is from the Maui city of Haiku, was missed on May 8th. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found on the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside.
Hundreds of volunteers searched for her. Otherwise, parents offered a $ 10,000 reward to encourage people to find her.
Or told the Times that she was going on a short walk. She walked away from the trail at some point to rest, and when she resumed hiking, she was turned.
"I would go back as I would come, but my gut led me another way – and I have a very strong bowel instinct," Or said. "Then I said my car is this way and I just have to keep going until I reach it."
She said she continued to try to get back to her car but liked to go deeper into the jungle. 19659021] During her trial, she fell off a rock that led her to break her leg and tear the meniscus in her knee, a friend, Katie York, told the Times.
After the fall she fought to go Or said. She also had trouble finding food.
"I became so skinny that I really started to doubt if I could survive," Or said.
Finally, after 17 days of walking, she saw a helicopter that had been sent to find her.
"I looked up and they were right on top of me," or told the Times. "I was like," Oh my God, "and I just knocked down and started bullying."
Javier Cantellops said he was looking for or from a helicopter with Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers when they saw her around noon. in the afternoon Friday near the Kailua reservoir, according to spokesman of the Maui Police Department, Lt. Gregg Okamoto and Honolulu Star Advertiser.
Cantellops told the newspaper that she was lying in a creek with waterfall on both sides.
He told CNN he saw Or waved his hands on the helicopter.
"It was incredible, guy," Cantellops said. "Seeing her for the first time in a long time was just incredible. It was nothing short of elation."
Or was in an area of thick vegetation, he said. "The vegetation is so thick, it's a miracle we saw her," Cantellops told CNN.
Maui Fire Department Or Or Hospital For Evaluation, Okamoto said in a statement.
Her mother, Julia, told Maui News that Amanda Or survived by living close to a water source and eating wild raspberries and strawberry guavas. She even ate a few mills, said Julia Eller.
Her daughter tried to catch some crawfish, but she was "not very successful," Julia Eller said.
"She lost a lot of weight as you can imagine being lost in that time," Julia Or said. "But she was able to survive. She had the right skills and did the right thing to buy time so we got the chance to find her."
Amanda Or suffered a fracture, wear on her ankles and a severe tan, but Julia Or told Maui News that her daughter's liquor was good.
"And all these things can be dealt with," Julia Or said.