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NorCal Hiker Survives 6 Days In Woods

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Rescued Santa Cruz Hiker

FELTON, Calif. (AP) — A 58-year-old Santa Cruz County woman is recuperating after falling down during a hike and spending six days stranded in the woods.

Authorities say Debra Collins was found by a man and his son on an unmarked trail Saturday in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a remote park in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Felton.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports when Joachim “Joe” Deguara and his 7-year-old son, Dylan, found Collins a little after before noon Saturday, she was suffering from hypothermia and unable to walk because of an ankle injury.

When rescue crews arrived about 90 minutes later, Collins was carried down the mountain and taken to a hospital. Her condition is not known, but she was smiling and talking to her rescuers.

Collins had no food during her ordeal, but she was able to get water from a nearby creek.

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