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Woman Survives For 7 Days After SUV Plunges Off Cliff In Big Sur California

Woman Survives For 7 Days After SUV Plunges Off Cliff

Jul. 15 2018, Updated 9:51 p.m. ET

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A woman endured a remarkable escape after her SUV plunged off a cliff in Big Sur, California.

Angela Hernandez, 22, of Portland, Oregon, survived by drinking water through a radiator hose as she lay stranded.

She managed to siphon the water from a nearby creek, authorities revealed.

Hernandez injured her shoulder but was able to walk and talk, said John Thornburg, public information officer for the sheriff's office in Monterey County, California.

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Photos posted on Facebook showed Hernandez sitting on the rocky coastline as she received medical care.

She was pulled up by ropes and taken to a hospital, he said, but her condition was not immediately known.

Her Jeep Patriot apparently ran off Highway 1, the north-south highway of the Pacific coastline.

She was driving from Portland to visit family in Lancaster, in Southern California.

She sent a text around 10 p.m. July 5 saying she was tired and stopping to sleep in her car at a grocery store parking lot in Half Moon Bay, in San Mateo County.

Hernandez sent a final text about 8 a.m. on July 6, notifying her family that she was continuing the drive

However, it is understood shortly afterwards she crashed her vehicle off the road as her frantic family alerted authorities that she was missing.

A rescue operation was launched with fliers being posted along her final route.

On Friday two people walking in Big Sur noticed the SUV wreckage at the bottom of a cliff before calling 911.

The vehicle plunged down 250 feet and was partially submerged.

Hernandez got out of the Jeep but was stuck in the rocky, inaccessible spot, before authorities managed to reach her.

She is currently recovering in hospital.

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