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Car crash victim survives 'sucking rainwater from hair'

It's what is called the heck of a will to live -- a 52-year-old car crash victim survived five days in the wilderness of Rocky Mountains by sucking rainwater from her hair.

world Updated: Sep 21, 2009 19:17 IST

It's what is called the heck of a will to live -- a 52-year-old car crash victim survived five days in the wilderness of Rocky Mountains by sucking rainwater from her hair.

Cynthia Hoover suffered 11 broken ribs, broken vertebrae and a punctured lung after she fell 350 feet down a hill and landed on its roof in the Rocky Mountains. She had no food and faced rain, freezing temperatures and snow -- and the threat of mountain lions and bears.

Despite the rain, sleet and snow, she stayed alive by draining the water from her hair into her mouth -- she is now recovering in hospital in Colorado, US., British newspaper the Daily Mail reported.

Hoover was eventually discovered after she managed to crawl 450 yards to where she heard voices coming from a gold mine. Rescuers said her mouth was full of dirt from where she had dragged herself along the ground.

Jon Northern, who spotted Cynthia after hearing her cries, said: "I could see things weren't right. She was fixated on my bottle of water, she was really dehydrated." He said she then started gulping on the water before apologising for drinking so much.

Fire chief Gary Allen, who took part in her rescue, said: "What amazed me was she survived the rain, fog, sleet and hail. We have mountain lions, bears and other critters up here. It is a miracle she wasn't mauled to death."

The wrecked car was hidden from the road by thick undergrowth. Authorities said she was not reported missing as she often took journeys across the mountain roads.