Missing Oregon Woman Found Alive After Car Plunges Off Big Sur Cliff


A 23-year-old OR musician who had been missing for a week was found alive at the bottom of a California cliff in the wreckage of her vehicle, where she survived on water from her Jeep's radiator.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office announced via Twitter that authorities located Angela Hernandez, 23, of Portland, while responding to a report of a white Jeep with OR plates "over the cliff" off Highway 1.

Heavy fog in Monterey County hampered the search but on Friday, a couple of Big Sur campers noticed her partially submerged auto wreck at the bottom of a cliff and called 911. She says she met so many handsome people for her rescue and help bringing her up the cliff.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Thornburg said: "It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both".

Angela Hernandez was rescued from the side of a cliff off Highway 1.

"Reports are she was talking and could walk", according to the statement. About 8 a.m. July 6, she notified her family that she was continuing the drive, the flier said. She called her family July 5 and was seen on a gas station surveillance camera south of Carmel, California, on July 6. It's not going to be an easy recovery.

Hernandez’s car after the crash
Hernandez’s car after the crash

Once located, deputies confirmed that it was Angela Hernandez and that she was being transported to the hospital. "Including her auto, which was her livelihood", she said.

The Moores said it was just good timing that led them to Hernandez, and that it is a miracle she survived.

Ms Hernandez had been travelling from OR to Southern California to visit sister Isabel when her communication suddenly stopped.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by her sister. Everybody that ... helped us through the whole thing and Angela will be OK.

"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", Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, a spokeswoman for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, said to The Mercury News.

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