UTA (WJW) – The daughter of a woman from California, found after disappearing for nearly two weeks in Zion National Park, shares how her mother managed to survive the ordeal.
According to the National Park Service, Holly Susanie Cortier, 38, was left by a private bus in a parking lot in Zion National Park around 1
She was supposed to be returned from the shuttle later that day, but she did not show up.
Emergency search teams used K9 units and drones in an attempt to find her.
The National Park Service said Sunday that park rangers had received credible advice from a park visitor that they had seen the courtier in the park.
She was found and reunited with her family.
The courtier’s daughter, Kaylee Chambers, told NBC Los Angeles that her mother was recovering after 10 days without food and only river water.
“At the beginning of her journey to Zion, she injured her head in a tree. As a result, she was very disoriented and fortunately found herself near a water source – a riverbed. She thought her best chance of survival was to stay by a water source. We are so grateful for that and grateful to the people who located it, “Chambers told NBC Los Angeles.
Her daughter said she had been without food all along and could not take more than a step or two without collapsing.
“It simply came to our notice then. “She told me she was so dehydrated she couldn’t open her mouth,” she told NBC Los Angeles.
After the courtier was found, her family issued the following statement:
“We are just happy to be safe today. We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly searched for her day and night and never gave up hope. We are also grateful to countless volunteers who were generous with their time, resources and support. This would not have been possible without the network of people who came together. “
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