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Woman survives 9 days in the Arizona wilds

By T.K. Randall
April 13, 2016 · Comment icon 21 comments

The Arizona wilderness can be a dangerous place. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Bureau of Land Management
72-year-old Ann Rodgers was forced to drink pond water to stay alive after becoming lost in Arizona.
Rodgers, who had been driving from Tucson to Phoenix to see her grandchildren, became lost while trying to traverse the White Mountains and ended up running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere.

She lasted for several days on emergency rations that she had kept in her car but once these had run out she had little choice but to start foraging for other sources of food.

She was eventually rescued after nine days in the wilderness by a flight crew who managed to locate her thanks to a "help" sign she'd created on the ground using sticks and rocks.

Despite suffering from exposure she was found to be in surprisingly good health.



Source: Sky News | Comments (21)




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Comment icon #12 Posted by toast 8 years ago
-She could have hiking back from where she came..probably the highway/road that she came from is not that far (9 days you can hike more then 300KM) I am a mountaineer/hiker and I often take marathon roots that last 3-6 days, but my roots are in a harsh conditions and very steep mountains and I can still cover 100Km in 2 days. But you are Mr. RoadRunner and not a 72yo grandma.
Comment icon #13 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
why be critical of her? I'm just glad she's ok. ... but ya, she probably should have stayed with the car? that's what the experts say?
Comment icon #14 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
Something is not right about this story I agree. How could someone could turn an easy two hour drive on a multi-lane highway from Tucson to Phoenix into a nine day survival ordeal is indeed truly amazing.
Comment icon #15 Posted by MJNYC 8 years ago
God bless grandma and her dog! So glad they were found.
Comment icon #16 Posted by MissJatti 8 years ago
Why do you say this? Well I don't really know, but if this story was true, then god bless her. But in the back of my mind, I think that there is something fishy about it. She is pretty old, (73), why did she go alone, it is about 2 hour drive. Ok yes the destination was basically a straight line, but come on she is 73. Why hasn't she have a phone, loads of old people have phones, and also why did the car ran out of fuel/electricity. Did she forget to fuel up? Did she forget how to get to the destination? If so why wasn't anyone with her? Also why did she leave the car, someone spotted her car ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
She just earned +10 years more life.
Comment icon #18 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
the 6 days emergency food&water in the car were a good idea... probably saved her life. She must have taken a side trip ... the White mountains are not on U.S. 10 (i googled them) and there really is forest there .
Comment icon #19 Posted by toast 8 years ago
... but ya, she probably should have stayed with the car? that's what the experts say? As an expert I say: watch your fuel gauge on a daily basis.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Dave From Down Under 8 years ago
I agree. How could someone could turn an easy two hour drive on a multi-lane highway from Tucson to Phoenix into a nine day survival ordeal is indeed truly amazing. And besides, his grammar and spelling (e.g. 'root' for 'route') are appalling.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Purplos 8 years ago
She is pretty old, (73), why did she go alone, it is about 2 hour drive. Ok yes the destination was basically a straight line, but come on she is 73. I have to laugh at this. I'm guessing MissJatti is quite young and 73 seems ancient to her. There are plenty of very active, very with-it people in their 70s, 80s and even beyond. My mom's 75 and the idea of her needing a minder to drive a few hours is silly. This wasn't meant to insult your idea! It just struck me as funny. The woman was lucky. She should have stayed with the car, though maybe on her quest for water she wandered a bit too far an... [More]


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