Disasters & Accidents

Australian woman survives 5 days in forest after getting lost

Sydney, Australia, May 8 (EFE).- A 48-year-old Australian lost her way during a car trip inside a forest in Australia’s southeastern state of Victoria, having to survive on the sweets and wine she was carrying – despite being a non-drinker – for five days before she was rescued.

In a statement on Saturday, Victoria police said that the woman – identified by media reports as Lillian Ip – was on her way to see her mother when her car got stuck in the mud in an area without mobile phone coverage, with her family alerting the police about her disappearance on Apr. 30.

Ip lost her way while driving through the Mitta Mitta area and was stuck with just some lollies, sweets and the bottle of wine she was carrying for her mother.

The woman told local media outlets that she was worried she would die on the spot, and even wrote a letter bidding farewell to her families.

However, on the fifth day of her ordeal she heard the sound of the police helicopter that was searching for her.

“Lillian was found a good 60km away from the nearest town and due to health issues she was unable to try and walk for help so stayed with her car,” Martin Torpey, a police sergeant from the city of Wodonga, said in the release.

After being admitted to a hospital for a checkup and due to dehydration, but was soon reunited with her family. EFE


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