Authorities were alerted by a couple who spotted the woman’s white Jeep and heard her cries for help Friday evening, seven days after she was reported missing. She was rescued from the bottom of a cliff along California’s coastal Highway 1 near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. “Her vehicle was partially in the water,” the statement said. The woman had an injured shoulder and a concussion but was talking and able to walk, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Hernandez was driving from Oregon to her sister’s home in southern California when she went missing, officials said. She was seen on a gas station surveillance camera south of Carmel, California, on July 6. After being rescued, Hernandez told authorities she drove off the road when she swerved to avoid an animal. She said she used her car’s radiator hose to drink water from a nearby stream. “My sister is alive, she’s talking, and she’s still trying to come to understand everything,” Isabel Hernandez wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “She’s a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to. It’s not going to be an easy recovery.”