Woman Survives 7 Weeks in Wilderness on Trail Mix

Rita Chretien in fair condition, but her husband is still missing
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2011 7:49 AM CDT
Albert and Rita Chretien of British Columbia in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police via The Canadian Press)

(Newser) – Her sons are calling it a Mother's Day miracle. Rita Chretien of British Columbia is in fair condition today after surviving 7 weeks in remote Nevada on little more than trail mix, snow, and prayer, reports the Canadian Press. Her husband, Albert, is still missing. The two set out on a road trip to Las Vegas in March, but their van got stuck in mud on a national forest road in the mountains.

After three days, Albert set out on foot with a GPS but hasn't been seen since. Rescuers were to resume searching today. Rita, who lost 30 pounds, is at an Idaho hospital and was able to eat a small meal yesterday. Two ATV riders came across her and the van on Friday," notes the Oregonian. “You couldn’t have a better Mother’s Day story," says a family friend. "They had thought they weren’t going to see their mother alive again."

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