Posted: May 11, 2023
A woman who went missing in the Australian wilderness after making a wrong turn survived for five days on wine and candy, local authorities said.
The 48-year-old woman, who police identified in a press release as only "Lillian," was rescued by helicopter on May 5 in the Mitta Mitta bushland, a stretch of dense eucalyptus forest in the southeastern state of Victoria.
Lillian was driving towards Dartmouth Dam for a day trip from the nearby town of Bright when she hit a dead-end road and realized she'd made a wrong turn. As she tried to turn her car around, the vehicle became stuck in mud.
Without cell service, she was unable to call for help. Health issues made it difficult for her to try to walk, police said, but ultimately may have helped her survive, as she was able to use the car heater overnight to stay warm in temperatures as low as 35 degrees.
Planning for only a two-hour drive, Lillian had only a few snacks, some candy and a bottle of wine, which she'd intended as a gift for her mother. Lillian doesn't drink, police said, but she eventually consumed the bottle, her only liquid.
By Emily Olson
Date Published: May 10, 2023
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