Lost Sierra Nevada hiker survived 9 days with broken leg

FRESNO (AP) — Authorities say determination, strength and a two-day crawl to a stream for water helped a 62-year-old woman survive while she was lost in the Sierra Nevada for nine days with a broken leg.

Fresno County sheriff’s Deputy Jason Vinogradoff said Monday that Miyuki Harwood blew a whistle signaling her location to searchers in the wilderness.

She had become separated from fellow hikers and slipped on a rock, breaking her left leg. Vinogradoff says she described crawling for more than two days to lifesaving water in a stream.

She said she decided to find water rather than dying where she fell.  460x (15)

Vinogradoff says Harwood had warm clothing that got her through nighttime temperatures that hit freezing.

She talked and joked with rescuers while they put her on a helicopter.

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