Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. hiker rescued after two weeks missing in forest

U.S. hiker rescued after two weeks missing in forest

"It came down to life and death and I had to choose and I chose life". "I am incredibly grateful", said Julia, Eller's mother.

Amanda Eller's feet were badly damaged by the time rescuers found her.

Amanda Eller suffered a leg fracture, abrasions on her ankles and a severe sunburn, but Julia Eller told the Maui News that her daughter's spirits were good.

Dr. Zora Bulatovic of the Maui Memorial Medical Center told reporters Saturday that Eller was resourceful, especially considering that a patient would normally be dehydrated after a similar experience.

Eller, whose hometown is Mechanicsville in St. Mary's County, was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the affiliate reported. "When she got up, she was disoriented about where she was and just followed her instincts trying to get back to her vehicle".

Eller had meant to go on a short trail walk, one she had done before.

It was not immediately clear how or to what extent Eller was injured, but Berquist said Eller was "very alert" and "very surprised to see us". They had come before, several times and she had waved as best she could, but they flew away.

Olenik, who met Eller when the two worked together in St. Petersburg, is part of a Facebook group chat that Eller's friends used to keep in touch after she went missing.

She had meant to go on a three-mile run but somehow got turned around.

"That's a tough woman right there", said rescuer Troy Helmer, KHON reported.

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During her ordeal, Ms Eller lost about seven kilograms, Javier Cantellops, one of the people who set out to search for her, told CNN. Police found her auto at a parking lot near a hiking trail.

Hundreds of volunteers canvassed the island for the missing Maryland native in a search that has also included tracking dogs, helicopters and drones.

Searchers spotted Amanda Eller from the air, foraging for food without shoes or socks.

"I looked up and they were right on top of me", Ms. Eller told The New York Times.

They said she spotted them and they saw her at the same time, according to the FindAmanda page.

"There was no mistake it was her".

"I can't even put it into words", she said. "She was just very lost".

Her boyfriend reported her missing on May 9, Hawaii News Now reported. "She knew exactly what to take and managed to stay hydrated". "I knew that we would find her".

"This was all about us coming together for like a greater objective of community and love and appreciation for life", said Eller in the video.

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