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 Hawaiian woman has been found living in a forest on Maui island after going missing.
Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported Friday.
Family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes confirmed she spoke to Eller's father, John. Eller was airlifted to safety.
"I was crying tears of joy," Eller's mother, Julia, said. "I never gave up hope for a minute.
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 been looking for since.
Javier Cantellops said he was searching for Eller from a helicopter along with Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers when they spotted her about 3:45 p.m. near the Kailua reservoir, according to Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto and the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
He told CNN he saw Eller waving her hands at the helicopter.
"It was unbelievable, dude," Cantellops said. "Seeing for the first time in a long time what just unbelievable. It was nothing short of elation. "
Eller was in an area with thick vegetation, he said. "The vegetation is so thick, it's a miracle that we saw," Cantellops told CNN.
The Maui Fire Department brought Eller to a hospital for evaluation, Okamoto said in a statement.
Her mother told the Maui News that Amanda Eller survived by staying near a water source and eating wild raspberries and strawberry guavas. Julia Eller said.
Her daughter tried to catch some crawfish, but she was "not very successful," said Julia Eller.
"She lost quite a bit of weight, as you can imagine that, "Julia Eller said. "But she was able to survive.
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. "
" And all of those things are treatable, "Julia Eller said. Read more at Reuters