U.S. hiker rescued after two weeks missing in forest

Cantellops  Findamanda

A 35-year-old hiker who had gone missing while hiking in Maui, Hawaii, more than two weeks ago has been found alive.

"I think she took a good fall", John Eller, Amanda's father, told Maui 24/7. "We were on our way back, flying over the streams, and there she was, waving her arms at us from down below", Chris Berquist, who led the air search, told reporters.

"I would have just kept going east, and sure enough, she kept going east", said Javier Cantellops, search team leader for the volunteer effort to find Amanda.

Her mother, Julia Eller, told KHON that her daughter's leg was fractured and would require additional treatment, but she was otherwise in "surprisingly good shape".

Eller's mom, Julia, beamed during a hospital news conference, telling reporters her daughter - the sweetest and most caring person, her mother said - had gone for a 3-mile walk May 8 on a different path than usual when she stopped to meditate then nap and then when she woke up couldn't figure out how to get back to her auto. "So, I said: 'My auto is this way and I'm just going to keep going until I reach it'". Her story captivated the nation and got the attention of people from all over the world.

URGENT UPDATE! Amanda has been found.

"There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death - and I had to choose", she said.

"I feel as if all my training and experience was all designed for this incident", Cantallops wrote on Facebook hours before he found Eller.

"She took a three-mile jog, went the wrong way".

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During her ordeal, Eller lost around 15 pounds (seven kilograms), Javier Cantellops, one of the people who set out to search for her, told CNN.

Finally, after 17 days of wandering, she saw a helicopter that had been sent to find her.

Amanda Eller, 35, vanished after she got injured and lost during the hike on Maui, according to a post on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her.

She was reported missing in Maui on May 9 by her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, after her auto was found parked near Makawao Forest Reserve with her wallet and cellphone inside on May 8.

About 60 people were searching the area after Eller's disappearance, NBC reported.

Her daughter tried to catch some crawfish, but she was "not very successful", Julia Eller said.

"This was all about us coming together for like a greater objective of community and love and appreciation for life", said Eller in the video. "I was like, 'Oh my God, ' and I just broke down and started bawling".

Amanda is being treated at Maui Memorial Hospital. She even ate a couple of moths, Julia Eller said.

"She was in deep deep H'aiku", Berquist said.



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