Missing California hiker found alive in Sierra Nevada

Missing California hiker found alive in Sierra Nevada

An elderly hiker, who was reported missing in the rugged Sierra Nevada around more than a week ago, was found alive on Saturday, authorities announced.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told reports that 62-year-old Miyuki Harwood was found in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest in California after she blew a whistle to attract the attention of a search & rescue team that was searching for her.

The rescue team airlifted her to a hospital for treat of injuries she sustained on August 20 when she got separated from her group of hikers near Horsehead Lake and lost her way. Horsehead Lake is around one hundred miles northwest of Fresno.

Rusty Hotchkiss, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) flight officer who flew her to the hospital, said, "She was a fighter. She was very exhausted - very tired, but she was very thankful to be saved and to get out of there."

Harwood suffered multiple broken bones but she managed to survive by using a water filter to drink from a creek. She told officials that she crawled for around a couple of days from where she was injured to the creek. She also had very little food and water because she was carrying supplies enough just for a day's trip.

At the hospital, she was listed in stable condition.

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