June 1, 2019

Saturday (Moderated) Open Thread (060119)

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Positivity: “I chose life,” Amanda Eller recovers in hospital after two week survival in forest

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Honolulu, Hawaii (HT Liftable):

Posted: May 24, 2019 04:34 PM HST
Updated: May 25, 2019 09:43 PM HST

After missing for over two weeks, Maui hiker Amanda Eller was found on Friday, May 24.

The 35-year-old is currently recovering in a Maui hospital.

“The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest,” Eller said in her hospital bed the day after she was found.

Eller was last seen on surveillance video on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, leaving the Haiku Post Office.

Her car was spotted at the Makawao Forest Reserve later that day.

Friends and family believed she went for a hike or run in the forest. They have been searching the area since then.

Eller’s family, friends and hundreds of search volunteers say they never gave up hope.

“I felt in my heart she was alive,” said Eller’s mother, Julia.

“I never gave up hope for a minute. Even though at times I would have those moments of despair, I stayed strong for her because I knew we would find her if we just stayed with the program, stayed persistent and that we would eventually find her.”

The rescue team said they found Amanda in a deep ravine between two waterfalls during an aerial search.

Search team members Troy Helmer, Javier Cantellops and Chris Berquist discovered Eller three miles south of an area referred to as Bamboo Forest near Haiku.

Eller had told them she had gone on a three-mile run and got turned around in the forest.

The men told KHON2 on Saturday that they only had 15 minutes of fuel left in the helicopter tank and had to decide between two directions before ending their search on Friday afternoon.

And they chose the right one.

“I’ve been looking at pictures of that girl 100 times a day. It was no mistake that it was her,” Berquist said when they spotted her. “We were freaking out. We were trying not to trip over ourselves trying to get to her too fast.”