On July 6, an Oregon woman was driving along Big Sur in California when a small animal darted in front of her. Swerving to avoid a collision, she accidentally went off the shoulder of the road and plummeted 200 feet off a cliff.
Angela Hernandez, 23, blacked out before the impact. When she awoke, her smashed vehicle was filling up with water.
“My car’s power was off by now and every window was closed,” she continued. “I took off my seatbelt and found a multi-tool I kept near my front seat. I started hitting the driver-side window with it. Every bone in my body hurt.”
Eventually she broke out of her car. She jumped into the ocean and swam to shore, then fell asleep for an indefinite amount of time. When she awoke, it was still daylight.
Injured but able to walk, she patrolled the stretch of beach made desolate by rock and sand and covered by fog – nearly invisible to drivers hundreds of feet above. She tried climbing to find another person and screamed for help, reported NBC News.
By the third day, she was suffering from dehydration. She found a 10-inch radiator hose nearby and used it to siphon water from a nearby natural spring, said California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Jessica Madueno.
"I could see cars driving across the cliff and felt like if I could yell just loud enough, that one could hear or see me. That's all it would take to make it back to my family," Hernandez wrote. "Just one person noticing me."
After a week on the beach, avoiding hot rocks, calling out to drivers, her prayers were answered. Chad and Chelsea Moore were hiking in the area when they heard her faint cries for help. Chad Moore stayed with her while Chelsea went for help.
"I heard a faint cry for help, and I turned and we saw Angela standing in the rocks," Chelsea Moore said. "She said she woke up that morning and knew it was going to be a good day, and I think I started crying."
Hernandez was hoisted up the cliff with ropes then airlifted to a hospital. She was treated for a brain hemorrhage, fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, broken collar bones and ruptured blood vessels.
"I've experienced something so unique and terrifying and me that I can't imagine that there isn't a bigger purpose for me in this life," she wrote. "I don't know, you guys, life is incredible."
Praise God that Angela made it through her trial, what a miracle! Be sure to see the new photo of Duchess Kate and Prince Louis.