Woman forced to survive off wine after going missing in woods
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A woman was forced to survive off wine for five whole days after going missing in woods.
The woman, who has since been identified as Lillian, got lost in an extremely rural part of Victoria, Australia, and after nearly an entire week - she was was thankfully found 'safe and well' on Friday (5 May).
The 48-year-old managed to get through the ordeal just with a bottle of vino, some car snacks and some good old-fashioned 'common sense' until she was finally rescued by emergency services. Check the heroic rescue mission here:
The woman went on a little holiday to Bright last week and, after failing to make a daily check-in phone call with her loved ones on 30 April, they raised the alarm with local authorities.
Emergency services carried out 'extensive searches' of the Mitta Mitta, Wodonga, Bright and Albury areas over the next few days after receiving the call but things seemed to be taking a turn for the worse after they couldn't find any sign of Lillian.
However, after five long days, the police Air Wing managed to locate her in dense bushland at Bright.
On Friday afternoon, during a sweep of the hilly terrain, the Air Wing officers spotted Lillian's car stationed at the end of a dirt road in the Mitta Mitta bushland.
Thankfully, she was located 'safe and well'.
Lillian had been trying to drive to Dartmouth Dam when she hit a dead-end road at the end of Yankee Point Track and it dawned on her she had taken a wrong turn and got herself completely lost.
After trying to turn the vehicle around and go back on herself, Lillian's car then became stuck in the mud and, without any mobile service, she was unable to call for any help.
In an official press release uploaded yesterday (6 May), the Wodonga Police Station Sergeant Martin Torpey said: "Lillian was found a good 60km away from the nearest town and due to health issues she was unable to try and walk for help so stayed with her car.
"She used great common sense to stay with her car and not wander off into bushland, which assisted in police being able to find her."
Torpey explained that the woman was only planning a 'short-day trip' so had only packed a 'couple of snacks and lollies with her' but had no water.
"The only liquid Lillian, who doesn’t drink, had with her was a bottle of wine she had bought as a gift for her mother so that got her through," the sergeant noted.
He continued: "While she couldn’t move her car, she was able to use the heater overnight give her some warmth.
"After being lost in the bush for five days, she was extremely relieved and grateful to see us and we were just as happy to see her."
Guess you could say she was on cloud wine.
Lillian was later taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and currently remains under observation.