A pair of San Luis Obispo County residents who were camping in Big Sur became unlikely heroes Friday, locating an OR woman who had been missing for seven days after driving her auto over a cliff. Deputies from the Monterey County Sheriff's Office found 23-year-old Angela Hernandez of Portland at 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 San Mateo County Sheriff's Office handed the investigation off to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office on Thursday after surveillance video from a business showed Hernandez traveling south on Highway 1 into Monterey County. She is recovering at a hospital in Templeton after the dramatic rescue Friday night.
Ms Hernandez told investigators she had swerved to avoid an animal when she was driving along California's Highway 1, and plunged over the cliff edge.
Hernandez had a shoulder injury and concussion, but could walk and talk, according to officials.
Andrea Hernandez was rescued at the bottom of a cliff Friday, July 13, 2018, after she disappeared a week ago.
She's a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to.
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One hiker stayed with the woman while the other notified a campground host who then contacted authorities, CHP said. It's not going to be an easy recovery.
Hernandez was on a road trip from her home in Portland to visit her sister Isabel in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, when she crashed. Apparently, she'd been there for a week after her vehicle went off the road.
Angela Hernandez, 23, was last seen back on July 6.
"It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both", Thornburg added.
'My sister is alive, she's talking, and she's still trying to come to understand everything.
"We turned around and Angela was right there in the rocks, just looked like hell".
"My sister survived 7 days alone 200ft down a cliff on HW1", her sister Isabel Hernandez said in a Facebook post on Saturday.