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Morro Bay hikers find missing Oregon woman alive

A missing Oregon woman is found alive Friday night by two Morro Bay hikers near Big Sur.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reported Angela Hernandez from Portland, Oregon to Lancaster, California on July 5 to visit family.

Around 11:18 p.m., Hernandez notified her family via text that she was getting tired and decided to stop in the City of Half Moon Bay and sleep in her white Jeep truck at a Safeway parking lot located at 70 N. Cabrillo Highway.

On July 6 around 7:54 a.m. she texted her family that she was leaving the parking lot and it would take 6 hours to get to Lancaster.

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On July 13, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported that Hernandez had been found 200 feet down a cliff in Big Sur by two hikers from Morro Bay who called 911. The Sheriff’s Office reported that she could talk and walk when they found her.

Hernandez’s sister thanked the rescuers on Facebook and released the following statement on behalf of the family:

My sister is Alive, she’s talking, and she’s still trying to come to understanding everything. She’s a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to. It’s not going to be an easy recovery. And I truly hope nobody thinks she will just be okay. Please don’t believe just everything you read in an article.

This is a process, and something that will take time and I hope everyone will have patience for her and her recovery. Thank you all again so much. It wasn’t the sharing, or the publicity that her name got out of this. It was all the genuine hearts and genuine faith that everyone kept along the way. Thank you.

CHP reports that Hernandez swerved to avoid an animal in the road and her car was found over the side of a cliff in Big Sur.

Hernandez suffered a concussion and survived the crash by drinking water from a nearby source using a tube from her car’s radiator, according to reports. In a Facebook post attributed to Hernandez herself, she says:

I found a 10-inch black hose that seemed to have fallen off of my vehicle during the crash. It fit perfectly in the front pocket of my sweater, so I kept it there. I walked farther south down the beach than I ever had before and heard a dripping sound. I looked up and saw a huge patch of moss with water dripping down from it. I caught the water in my hands and tasted it. It was fresh!!!! I collected as much as I could in my little hose and drank from it for maybe an hour.

Chad and Chelsea Moore from Morro Bay told KEYT’s sister station, KION, that they were looking for places to fish when they saw Hernandez’s Jeep over the side of the cliff.

“It looked like there wouldn’t have been any survivors like the car was pretty bad. And there weren’t any signs of people or blood or anything,” said Chelsea.

When they went down to their campsite on the beach, they found Hernandez about a mile away.

“We turned around and Angela was right there in the rocks just looked like hell. She was happy at the same time, she was really happy to see us,” said Chad.

Hernadez is being treated at the Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton.

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