Woman and dog survive six days in wilderness after getting lost in Washington park

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A 71-year-old woman and her dog survived six days lost in the wilderness after she became stranded during a trip to scatter her husband’s ashes.

Sajean Geer made the journey with her beloved Chihuahua-terrier mix, called Yoda, to the Olympic National Park, in Washington, wanting to spread her hsuband’s ashes at one of his favourite spots.

But the poignant hike turned into a six-day nightmare after she got lost in the park.

Ms Geer had planned on scattering her husband’s ashes at Obstruction Point in the park, but became lost in a desperate search to find the spot.

She told American news outlet KIRO: “I couldn’t find my car, I couldn’t find the road and I got really disoriented.

“What I figured was, I had to survive until I got rescued. I said, ‘OK, I’m going to do this.’

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A rescue worker hoists Sajean Geer to safety (US Coast Guard)

“This ant bit me. Then I remembered watching on television, you can eat ants, and I go, ‘Well, I have a bigger mouth then you,’ so I ate him when he bit me.”

Ms Geer, an experienced hiker, built a shelter out of logs to keep her and her dog warm and trekked to a stream during the day for water.

She survived off eating currant fruits, pine needles and ants.

Her family reported her missing on July 19, a day after she had set off to scatter her husband’s ashes.

It was not until six days later a National Park Service helicopter spotted Ms Geer and alerted the Coast Guard that she and her dog were rescued.

She was hoisted up by a rescue helicopter and taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a few scratches and dehydration.

Ms Geer added: “I start waving my hands as much as possible and I go, ‘Please see me, please see me.’

“Then, finally, they waved at me.

“I realized what’s really important in life is relationships and love.”


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