Woman survives 7 days at bottom of cliff after crash

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Ms Hernandez's sister Isabel updated friends online, posting: "My sister survived seven days alone 200ft down a cliff on HW1".

Hernandez was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Templeton, where she is in fair and stable condition. Hernandez's Jeep Patriot apparently ran off Highway 1, the north-south highway that hugs the Pacific coastline. She was driving from Portland to visit family in Lancaster, in Southern California.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office spent the last few days searching along Highway 1 for Andrea Hernandez, who was reported missing on July 6, 2018. After that, no more texts were sent. A signal from her cell phone had last been detected last Saturday, but disappeared shortly thereafter.

"It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both", he said. However, authorities say she was alert and was walking on a remote Monterey County beach when rescuers reached her. The search in Monterey County was hampered on some days by heavy fog, which made air searches hard or impossible, the sheriff's department said on Twitter. Thornburg said the vehicle landed 200-250 feet down the cliff and was partially submerged. Hernandez may have been able to get out of the SUV, but was stuck in the rocky, inaccessible spot, he said. They say she appeared to have a shoulder injury and was talking and could walk.

Ms Hernandez would need time to get over her ordeal, her sister Isabel wrote on Facebook.

"I know everyone on the West Coast and probably across the nation is thankful to know she is alive and on the road to recovery", Blankswade said.

The family started a GoFundMe page to aid in financing Angela's search efforts that will now be used to help in her recovery process.

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