Woman lost nine days in AZ forest wrote 'help' in sticks

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:14 AM

The sign helped lead rescuers to Ann Rodgers, seventy-two, in the White Mountains of eastern AZ earlier this month, the state Dept of Public Safety said.

Woman lost nine days in AZ forest wrote 'help' in sticks

A woman lost in an AZ forest for nine days survived by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out "help" on the ground with sticks, authorities said Tuesday.

The sign helped lead rescuers to Ann Rodgers, seventy-two, in the White Mountains of eastern AZ earlier this month, the state Dept of Public Safety said. Rodgers declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press.

However, Rodgers told a Tucson TV Sta on Tuesday that she'd food and water in her car but ran out after several days and turned to survival mode.

"I was eating desert plants. My dog was too, diving into clovers and finding all the places that were the easiest to go," she told KOLD.

Rodgers went lost March thirty-one as she headed to visit her grandkids in Phoenix. She got lost, and her hybrid vehicle ran out of gas and electric power, authorities said. Her car was discovered three days after a look for began, but rescue crews struggled to find her.

Authorities came across her dog April nine, and a dept flight crew spotted a "help" signal made of sticks and rocks on the ground. Rodgers had left the area, but she was found nearby on the Fort Apache Reservation after starting a signal fire.

Rodgers said she was waving to the helicopter. When it landed to rescue her, she sat down and cried.

The Dept of Public Safety said Rodgers was suffering from exposure, but she was in objective condition and able to walk to and board the helicopter with tiny assistance. She was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Payson for treatment and later released.

Rodgers is from Tucson and was on a hike Tuesday afternoon, the Dept of Public Safety said. It wasn't clear how she ended up in the eastern portion of the state because the drive from Tucson to Phoenix is a straight shot on Interstate ten, which doesn't running through the area where she was found.

Rodgers' rescue came after three men who spelled out "help" with palm fronds were saved from a remote Pacific island latest week. They swam to a tiny Micronesian island when their boat capsized, and searchers spotted them two days later.

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