Hiker Found After 9 Days in Calif. Wilderness
62-year-old Miyuki Harwood was injured without food
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2015 7:11 AM CDT
A 62-year-old hiker was found yesterday after nine days in the Sierra National Forest.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – Miyuki Harwood went hiking on a day trip in California's Sierra National Forest on Aug. 20. The 62-year-old was pulled out yesterday—after nine days and at what the local sheriff calls "the end of the time period that we thought she could survive," reports NBC News. Harwood is in stable condition with unspecified broken bones she suffered when she became separated from her group, notes the AP. Authorities are a little wowed, because though Harwood had a water filter on her, she had no food; she had to crawl two days to a creek for water to survive. "She was a fighter," says a California Highway Patrol officer. "She was a tough girl. It just tickles us all to death that we have good news at the end of nine days." The search, which involved several local agencies, was hampered by a wildfire burning in the area around Horsehead Lake.