Have you ever been stranded in an unknown place before? Without food or water? The very thought of it makes us feel dreadful. That too, without the company of any person or the emotional help to come out of a terrible situation.
This experienced truck driver felt the same when he got stranded in the middle of nowhere. He was on the way to doing his daily job, but life had another plan set up for him that day. What did he do to come out of the situation? Was he harmed during the process? Read on to find out.
If you have ever driven on a snow-filled road, you would know how difficult it is to ride on a straight path. The tires get slippery, and the wheel seems to go out of control, and worst of all, the fog does not let you see the road.
Jacob Cartwright had a delivery that day, and he tucked in all his cargo into the truck and started his journey. Even though it was cold and freezing, the pressure of keeping it in a straight lane was making Jacobs sweat.
A hard-working man
Being the guy who drives a truck all day long is not an easy job as well. You spend most of the time on the road, and the sense of day and night starts to fade away. Most truck drivers even start to drink only to keep themselves awake during the job.
Moreover, Jacob was not only a trucker inside the state, but he was a cross-country trucker. Doing this meant he had to stay away from his wife and kids, whom he dearly loved. He was not happy with this job, and he wanted to find a way out.
A new job
He started filling out other trucking jobs that would help him stay in the same city or state. This way, he could spend as much time as possible with his family. Little Trees Transportation finally noticed the zeal in Jacob and hired him to be a part of their family.
The owner, who goes by the name of Henry, saw the potential that Jacob had. Jacob did not let him down and proved to him quickly how amazing he can be at his job.
Drive across the state
Jacob already had plenty of experience driving across state borders. Although this is not what he wanted, he settled in for a job that has way less cross country drives. But he was put up for one such task in Nyssa. Jacob had to drive across Oregon from Portland.
But this would not be an easy job, but everyone trusted that Jacob would do good because of his experience as a driver. Jacob started loading his truck with the shipment. There were too many boxes, but these boxes were pretty light.
Roads filled with ice
We spoke about this before, driving on an icy road can be a nuisance. Jacob's mind had these thoughts before he started. There were way too many boxes loaded, and he had to drive cross country on ice. Was he going to take the shipment safely?
He started to doubt himself. Not only that, but he also heard stories about other reckless drivers who drove like madmen in the snow. What if he encounters a close call? The icy roads would barely help him run straight. He started to worry.
The wrong address
He could not let all these worrisome thoughts get into his head. He had to stay awake and drive as carefully as possible. Roy would not let the reckless driving of another man get into the way of his driving. With all these random thoughts running in his head, he forgot that he had started to drive in the wrong direction.
Roy glanced at the GPS and sighed. Thankfully he was not too off track. He had to get off the highway and steer his way back into a service road that would get him back on track.
Once he had reached the right path, he started questioning everything. The roads were narrow and were one of the craziest roads he had ever seen. The road was so icy that he could barely see what the road was and what was mud.
Not only this, but it was also one of the windiest roads he had seen. He glued his eyes on the road and started driving cautiously. But he could not slow down, because if he did, he could be stuck in the middle of nowhere during night time.
Just when he thought he had all control over this truck, he saw a sharp turn ahead, which would be impossible to make. He quickly put his feet on the brake and stopped the pickup truck. He felt his heartbeat rising as he put all his energy into the brakes. Lucky for him, he was able to apply the brakes on time. He looked down in exhaustion and thanked God for helping him out on this one.
He had no time to lose here. He had to get back on track, so he started the engine once more. The engine for revving, but it had no signs of moving ahead. He heard a crackling sound, and he had to get down to see what had happened.
Something terrible had happened, and it was not good for Jacob. The tires seemed to be stuck and no matter how much he tried, getting out of this mess seemed impossible now. The first thing that pooped into his head was that he is going to be late. It was unlike Jacob to make any late deliveries.
He always stuck to his promises. He had to inform his supervisor about his sticky situation. But the world would just not let him have it. There was no connectivity in that area, and he felt hopeless.
He sat in his pickup truck again and started to check if he could get out of this mess. He tried again and again and ended up failing. So he stood on the side of the road, looking for help to pass by. I guess this was not his day as there was not even a single person who crossed this path in hours.
He sat back in his truck, looking for food or water as he started to feel a bit thirsty and dehydrated from all the anxiousness. Sadly he did not have water on him, so he decided to make some by de freezing the ice.
Looking into cargo
How long would he keep this going on? His thirst started to shoot up. He needed real water and food now. He checked the front side of his truck for any food or water that he can get his hands on. He dug every inch of the place only to be disappointed.
He now had no choice but to check what was in the cargo. If it was food, then he needed some of those to keep him alive. So he made his mind up to open up the boxes.
A lifetime supply of food
With a heavy heart, he decided to cut it open. Although his mind was telling him not to open any of these boxes, he could not help but wonder if there was food inside them. As he tore open a box, he could see several packets of potato chips filled in them.
He could not have been happier to see this. But his mind was fighting the thought of eating them. What looked like a lifetime supply of chips made his stomach rumble even louder.
As he put his hand inside to reach out for a packet, Roy's face came in front of Jacobs's mind. Roy trusted him over this big task. He did not even allow his older employees to run this task but chose Jacob over them.
By eating even a small crumb meant that Jacob would be cheating his boss. He tried putting the image of inedible items in front of his eyes to divert these thoughts of hunger. He controlled himself and shut the trailer of this pickup truck.
He waited for a few more hours by the side of his truck, waiting for someone to show up. He might have landed himself on the loneliest paths. He was now by himself and had to find out other alternatives to come out of this situation.
He knew that he would not get robbed, so Jacob locked the trailer and the front of his truck and started walking down slowly to see if he can bring help to the pickup truck.
A trek in the snow
How could he land up in a place where not even a single human was in sight? The snow had started to grow more, and he had to walk through the cold snow. The snow was now ankle deep. He started remembering his family and how far he has come from them.
He had no water with him, so he had to keep melting away the snow and drink it. He started to feel sick as he was drinking more and more ice-cold water. He even had to sleep under piles of pine needles during the nights.
The wife was worried to death
It had now been more than four days. Jacob was still on the road, searching for some form of human contact to help him out. Jacob would always keep in touch with his family, and not hearing from him made his wife anxious about his whereabouts.
She was more than torn and was about to go to the police to file an official missing complaint. Devon came back from work and saw someone who looked an awful lot like Jacob sitting on the sofa.
She rubbed her eyes to see if she was hallucinating this. It was a miracle! Jacob had made it back home. He sat on the sofa like a calm person and was removing his shoes. The look on his face was as though these four days were nothing but a hoot.
Devon was terrified to hear what had happened to him and wanted to take him to the hospital as soon as she could to make sure he was okay. But Jacob knew he was fine and did not need an unnecessary trip to the hospital.
Help from Roy
Soon after they found out about this good news, Roy got informed about his whereabouts, and he wanted to come and visit him. He was more than impressed with Jacob.
Roy was surprised that not only was Jacob able to survive four days without food and water, Jacob also refused to dig into a lifetime supply of food from another client. He wanted to drop by his house and make sure that he was okay. We need some serious control power to do this.
The aptest tattoo
Again being the kind of person he is, people around him were not too surprised that he was able to pull this off. To prove this, Jacob also has a tattoo on his arm that reads, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
The motto that he truly believes in finally gave him the courage to walk home all by himself from the middle of nowhere. Devon started that she was in grave fear about her husband. At one point, she even contemplated that he might be dead. Listening to this, Jacob told her that she could not get rid of him soon.
Home sweet home
He was more than happy to drink all the clean water he wanted and some delicious food to go with it. After he had the meal of his life, the next step was to take a good night's sleep on his comfy bed and not the pine again.
He tucked himself into bed along with his son, and before he even knew it, he was fast asleep. He could now sleep peacefully, knowing that no one would attack him in his sleep. He finally made it on his own.
Angela Hernandez and her story
Good for Jacob that nothing terrible happened to him apart from the struggle of reaching home without food and water. Not everyone who gets stranded has this luxury of making things right. Angela Hernandez planned to visit her family, who stayed in Southern California.
Angela had to start from Oregon on the weekend of July 2018. This decision was one of the most terrible choices she made. The distance was not small to cover, and Angela wished she never thought of going home all by herself.
The vehicle of choice for this journey was a white Jeep Patriot that Angela owned. It was not the first time that Angela would travel by herself to visit her family.
However, she did not have anyone else traveling along with her, so she had to make some more arrangements and pit stops to make sure she would not fall asleep on the wheel. She had nothing but the long roads and the trees to keep her company while driving.
Before she set out, she knew that Angela was putting herself through a lot only to see her family. The long-distance drive would allow her to whip out her camera and stop to take some great pictures. The road seemed to call out her name every time she took a deep breath.
For a while, she was happy that she decided to come out on the road all by herself. And this even helped her clear up her mind from all the day to day stress.
The easy part of the journey was almost coming to an end when Angela realized what was coming. The Big Sur was going to be the next challenge. The Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California's central coast between Carmel and San Simeon.
This region is most known for winding turns, seaside cliffs, and most of all, the breathtaking views of the coastline. Most of the time, this coastline would be misty, making it difficult for the driver to see clearly.
A sharp turn
She knew that this part of the journey would be tricky, and she had to drive safely no matter what. But one can't help but look into the mesmerizing views as they drive by. She was cruising at a reasonable speed when she realized that her eyes were less on the road and more on the scenic beauty.
A soon as she drew her eyes back onto the road, she saw a small animal running across her path quickly. She gasped and tried her best to run over this animal.
Jump from the cliff
She did not realize that her swirl was so sharp that she almost lost control, and she would not even remember what happened clearly. She derailed from the road saw her self smash through the fence. By this point, she lost all control of the jeep.
She plummeted 250 feet and started crashing towards the ocean below. Do you think someone would ever survive a tragic incident like this? We know that if she lost consciousness and started sinking, there were fewer chances of survival.
A way to escape
But to her luck, she suddenly gained her consciousness and saw that she was inside the water, and her vehicle was sinking quickly. The water had already reached her knees, and if she did not act fast, she could get trapped inside the jeep.
She remembered that she carried a multi-tool inside her glove box. She fought the pressure of the water and opened up the glove up, and broke the glass of her car. More water started gushing inside the vehicle, but she somehow made her way out.
Crawling to the beach
She started swimming and then crawling into the beach with all the strength left inside of her. She was not only in pain, but she also had several injuries all over her body, which left her bloody and in pain. She did not expect to make it out of this one.
She noticed that her shoes were missing but had to make it out on time before the tide pulls her in again. She saw the shore and wanted to rest her back as soon as she got the chance.
There was no way out
Her car surprisingly did not sink in completely but started slowly coming in towards the shore. She was more than happy to make it out of this situation alive. If she had to get back home, she needed to get back on the highway and get some help.
Angela had plummeted down 250 meters, and she did not see any path that led her up to the highway again. Before she even thought about going back home, the first thing she thought about was her dehydration. She was too thirsty to think about anything.
Finding resourceful items
She had to be quick on her feet if she was going to survive this. She waited patiently for her car to wash back into shore. Once it did, she started searching for her car for supplies. She could not find much inside here as she started to worry.
She opened up the engine and saw a black color hose which had fallen out so she pulled it out thinking that it would help her in some way or the other.
Need for water
She was now desperate even for a drop of water. The water in the ocean was salty, and she could not think of drinking this seawater. She looked around to see if she could find cleaner water anywhere else.
As she was looking, she saw that the cliffside had a mossy rock on the corner. She pulled the pipe out of the car and started walking towards the cliff. Every couple of seconds, a drop of water would fall from the rock, so Angela attached the pipe to it and started drinking the drops of water.
Trying to call for help
Of course, there was no food down there with her. The cliff was so steep that no one from the highway could even see her from there. She tried everything in her capacity to try and get the attention of someone on the road.
One, it could be too risky for drivers to look here and there while driving, and secondly, they were zooming by too fast to notice. Angela got stuck here for several days, and no one came to her aid.
The search was hopeless
Her family had started to worry when she did not make it on time. They even tried reaching her, but there was no response from her. It was time to file an official police complaint. There was a lot of ground to cover along the California coast.
They started looking in every place they possibly could, but this was almost impossible to pull off considering the vastness of the area. The search time doubled and split to cover more ground.
Chad and Chelsea saw something strange
The search team could not do much as they searched in every place but Big Sur. A week had already passed, and there was no sign of Angela. A couple who loves to hike, Chad and Chelsea Moore, happened to be on this route.
They were hiking along the coast and were busy engaged with each other. They stopped to take a view of the breathtaking scenery. As they were looking at this beauty, they could not help but notice a wreaked car on the shore. After searching for a way to get down, they started making their way over to the beach.
Scream for help
They finally made their way down to the beach and started walking towards the wrecked car. They took the car plates to give them to the local police for investigation.
Chad and Chelsea began to gather more items that would help them find out what had happened. While they were busy collecting items, they could hear a faint voice that screamed out for help. They started following the voice to some rocks nearby and saw that a girl completely sunburnt. She was too weak to stand up by herself, but she was alive.
Getting more help
They could not carry her back up the highway as the cliff was too steep. They checked their phones to see if they can call someone up for help, but sadly the network was horrible down at the Big Sur. They assured her that she would get home soon.
They were somehow able to make an emergency call and called a rescue team down to help her. A medical team arrived after a few hours, and they could not be more relieved.
Lifting her out of the place
The first line of action to be taken here was to lift Angela out. She had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. After they airlifted Angela along with Chad and Chelsea, they had to get the car debris out of the shore.
They tried airlifting the car as well, but this did not go successfully the first time. The cables snapped, and the car went crashing down again for the second time. They drew back another set of cables and tried it for the second time and succeeded.
Road to recovery
She got admitted to the hospital immediately and was sent for a full body checkup. The damage she endured was too much to handle. She had four broken ribs, A collarbone that was shattered, a brain hemorrhage, and ruptured blood vessels in both eyes.
We are not so sure about Angela, but anyone else in this situation would have given up. She held her head high and made it into full recovery. She was lucky to be discovered by Chad and his wife.
A new start to life
After she recovered fully from this crash, she could not help but think that she was lucky enough to survive this. A second chance at life stood in front of her and made her thankful for each passing day.
Angela held on to some of the items from the car crash to remind herself every day about how lucky she is. Not everyone would have the will power to survive this and stay in a stranded place without food and water for over a week.
All this while she spent her life thinking that it is pointless. Just the day to day hustle of life would lead to something blanker. After this incident, she got convinced that she was born to do something big and achieve greater heights.
She knew that life was not a bunch of unrelated incidents coinciding. She started making more plans to spend more time with her family and friends. Every minute she spent was going to be a dedication to do something worthwhile.
A lonely trip on the road may seem like a blast. You get to reach into your inner self and discover yourself more. The beauty of nature never seems to end, and spending quality time will surely give you the boost to take on life in a more positive way.
But always make sure someone is informed about your whereabouts when you leave for a trip because you may never know what could happen. Mick Ohman started a similar journey that did not end too well.
Trip to Crown King
Mick started his journey from home to his destination in Crown King, Arizona. He had reached his destination successfully, and now it was time to head back home.
Mick decided that he would not take the same trail he came by but would take a different route that was more uninhabited and lonely so that he could enjoy the empty roads. He headed back to Phoenix through this road less taken, which proved to be one of the worst decisions of his life.
Hit a bump
Everything was going on well, and he was happy that he took his route. While he was busy looking into the scenic beauty, he felt his car rumble for a while, but he ignored this and kept going. It was July 27, 2017, and Mick was finding it hard to drive through the difficult road.
After a while, his car rumbled more, and it broke down completely. The car chose the wrong place to break down as it happened in the middle of the Arizona desert in the hot burning sun.
The car broke down fully, and there was nothing he could do it revive it back up. If he wanted to go home in his car, that would be in his dreams. He knew that he could not do much after some investigation.
He packed all his essentials and started hiking towards the rest of the trail, hoping to find a signal to call someone for help. But the towers did not do much good as he was not able to catch one for miles.
Leaving a message
He was now out of food and water, and his attempt to get back in touch with civilization was gone. His phone was of no use now as getting a signal was not an option now. He figured that he would put his phone to better use before the battery drains out.
He wanted to make a video to tell how much he loves his sisters. The video went on with him explaining that if someone found the phone, it meant that he was not doing too well.
His moral energy had not drained out, but he could not help break down in the video. He went on to tell how much he loved his nieces and nephews. He continued to say, I have been praying all night for a second chance, but I am terrified, and I love you guys.
Goodbye for now, said Mike, who was not so sure if he would make it out of this alive. He was sad for a while, but he did not let this get to him.
Leaving a note
Before he left his SUV stranded in the middle of nowhere, he sat down and wrote some notes that he left on his car. He mentioned the direction in which he walked away, along with his home phone number and address.
This one was a desperate attempt in case something had happened. His car was more useless than ever, so he thought of making some use out of it before leaving it alone. He prayed that someone saw the message and attempted to search for him.
Mick was not completely out of supplies. He did have some supplies on him, like a half-filled water bottle, a sandwich that had gone bad, two beers, and some crackers. Mick was lucky to have these basic supplies with him, but his morals had broken down.
He tried to ration the supplies that he had, but how long would these last him? If Mick got too hungry, he could finish these off in just a day. The heat of Arizona was getting to him, and he started to get dehydrated.
Drinking his urine
Mick felt like he was in a movie at this point. He never felt so thirsty in his entire life. Even his salivary glands had given up at this point and stopped producing saliva. When he tried to swallow his saliva in his mouth, he could feel his throat close up and stick to each other.
He could not take any chances of getting more dehydrated. He remembered that he could do one thing to avoid this. He started collecting and drinking his urine.
Search for water
All this happened in one whole day. A bottle of water and two beers and his urine could not help him get through the day. The next day he woke up and started looking for water. After a few hours, he saw a miracle streaming down the hill.
He saw that a four-inch-wide stream was trickling down the hill, and this was the closest to hope he had seen before. He felt like his problems had eased down a bit.
A miracle from the sky
He collected as much water as he could and started his journey once again. It looks like he was not very judicious when it came to using the water because he kept running out of good supplies and ended up with no water again.
Again he started praying for a miracle and looks like God knew he could not stay alive without water. It started raining heavily, and Mike collected as much water as he could and stored it for his next usage. He even stuck his tongue out and drank straight out of the sky.
Giving up on his mission
It was day three, and there was still no form of civilization near Mick. He made it a mission to find someone soon. He was searching for hours together and seek help. The sun did not seem to help him in this manner.
It was getting sunnier by the second, and he was getting mire thirsty. He kept taking breaks in between, but it did not seem to help him in any way. It felt like he had to give up on this mission.
God was listening
All the signs were pointing out towards him having to give up. He lost all hopes of getting any form of food or water now. He stood in one place and looked up to God, thinking about what he had done wrong to experience this.
While he had almost given up, God heard his cries and did something amazing. He saw a man on a dirt bike crossing near him and could not be happier to see this blessing.
Going to Lake Pleasant
With all his strength, he tried to stop him from zooming past him. He started jumping up and down. Troy Haverland, who was on the bike, saw a man jumping to gain his attention and luckily stopped to help. Troy picked him up and took him to Lake Pleasant.
This ride took almost an hour time, and the entire time, Mick kept telling him about how thankful he is for saving his life. He repeated it for as long as he could as he did not know how else to thank him at that time.
Troy, the savior
Troy finally took him to a place where they could help him reach back home. They arrived at Lake Pleasant and spoke to the Maricopa County officers. Mick explained his entire story to them and told them about his journey in the north of Lake Pleasant for almost 48 hours.
They were shocked beyond belief and wanted to do whatever in their capacity to help him reach back home safely. Mick was sure weak at this point as he had to starve himself for the longest time he could remember.
Lucky for Mick, he had enough water for two days to help him get through without needing too much medical attention. However, the Maricopa County officers decided to call the Peoria Fire Department to help check what Mick's condition was.
After they arrived, they announced that he was lucky enough to escape with minimum damage. Although medical attention was not required, Mick still needed to get back home to his sisters. He could not have been thankful for this second chance at life.
Was he hallucinating this?
After giving him enough food and clean water to drink, they asked him if he was ready to head home. These words were the sweetest that Mick had heard in the recent past. For over 48 hours, he spent his time making goodbye messages to his family, and now there is actual hope of him returning to his sweet house.
Was Mick dreaming about this the whole time? Or is he going home for real? He started assuming that he was hallucinating the whole thing because of the scorching sun.
Getting his car back
The help of these great officers did not end here. They wanted to make sure that Mick does not lose his car for good. They called up the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and gave them information about the abandoned vehicle.
With Mick's help, they were able to provide the Yavapai Country Sheriff's Office with the exact coordinates of the location. They wanted to send down a mechanic and get the car running once again. Mick did not believe that he would ever get his car back after what happened.
Life can happen anytime
Mike's message to the world is simple. If you are thinking of exploring the unexplored, then do take sufficient supplies with you or inform somebody what route you would take. It is never a good idea to wander off by yourself. Life can happen to you at any given point.
It may look like it's all roses when they show you the life of a wanderer on TV, but it's never the same. You would end up lonely and miserable without any help.
Let's get into another story and see how the life of Amanda Eller turned out when she tried to live life on the edge. Not that you should not live your life, but when you are ready to do, so make sure you have enough information about the area, make sure you have enough supplies and lots of courage to survive it.
On May 8th, 2019, Amanda Eller, a thirty-five-year-old physical therapist and yoga instructor, set her foot out for a hike. The location was Hawaii's massive Makawao Forest Reserve, and this hike was not exactly an easy one.
Makawao Forest Reserve
Makawao Forest Reserve is a 2,093 acres reserve located in upcountry Maui in Maui County, Hawai, the United States, on the northwest slope of Haleakala. This route is explored by many hikers throughout the year, but it is important to stay alert.
Because in these interwoven ferns and vegetation, you can take one wrong turn and end up lost. The hiking activity in itself needs a lot of preparedness. The trails sure look pretty, but the consequences of a wrong turn are not.
A quiet hike
Amanda Eller wanted a quiet hike all to herself. Amanda did not want to engage in any photography or did not want to be disturbed. She left home with the expectation of returning home with a wholesome experience of being with the wild.
She was pumped that she can finally get to experience something that she wanted to do for a long time. Her first mistake was that she went on this hike all alone. Secondly, she left her cell phone in the car and did not take it along with her.
A three-mile hike
She knew that the hike would not last very long. Amanda decided that her hike would last three miles, and then she would return to her car and drive back home. Her hike started, and she was happy that she was on this journey.
The thing about hikes is that you tend to get exhausted quicker than you expect. She finally decided to take some time off and rest. After she was well-rested, she got up and started again. Something happened here that would change her life.
The beauty of nature pulled her to explore a path that was not a part of the trail. Her gut told her to check this place out, which was less chaotic and more charming to the eye. She went on walking in the wrong direction like a person who was just cast a spell on.
She soon realized that she had to head back to the right track if she did not want to get lost. But this was not possible. She started to look around her, and every path looked familiar.
Days passed by
On day one, Amanda started the hike at about 10:30 AM. She wanted to come back home by evening. But fate would not allow her to do so. Her fear started to grow as she soon realized that she was lost. Wandering here and there soon one day was over.
One day soon became two days, and this place was not the best place to be. Her concerns of survival started growing. The rain poured over her head like there is no tomorrow.
Missing for days
Too many days had passed now, and it was day three. She had to stop looking for her car immediately. Her car can survive without food and water be she would not. She had to start looking for water before she died of dehydration.
She did not even remember if she informed anyone about the hike. She was not sure if anyone would even be looking for her if she went missing for days together. She now had to do something to stay alive.
Falling off a cliff
Getting through a condition with good health is another thing. But if your condition worsens to the point of no return, then hope dies down along with it. Like the girl who drove off the cliff of Big Sur, Amanda fell off a cliff which was about 20-foot high.
She thought that she could help herself as long as she can walk, but now she has been pushed to a place where she cannot find her way out of the mess.
But she had to keep moving. If she was stagnant in one place, she would die there, and the animals would eat her up. There had to be other solutions as she could not afford to end her life like this.
Thankfully there was a river next to which from where she drank water, and she was in a forest, so finding food was not a challenge. She found berries, guavas, and some moths that she killed on the way to keep herself alive. But this was not enough, and she kept on losing more weight.
This hike turned out to be a nightmare for Amanda. But she had to survive, and she could not give up at any cost. She even tried eating some unidentified plants, which is a big no-no when it comes to survival 101.
The plant could be poisonous for all you know. During the night time, she would gather a bunch of leaves, ferns, or anything thick that would cover her body. One night she even went into the den of a wild boar to sleep.
Amanda feared that her death was closer to her than expected. She started to cry and scream for help in hopes that someone who hikes nearby would hear her voice and come to her rescue. What Amanda did not know was that people were looking for her.
They found out that she went on a hike and arrived at the location only to find her mobile and wallet inside her car. The first thing that popped into their head was that she might have been abducted. But they did not give up on the case so easily.
Determined to find her
The team that was set out to search for her was more than determined to find her. They promised each other that they would return with news of some kind. They even went on to kill wild boars to try and see if her remains were inside any of those animals' intestines.
Now, this is what we call dedication in doing any work. As they killed more and more boars and tore its intestines apart, the news of her being alive was promising.
Prize of $50000
If you are wondering how long it has been since she was last seen, it was more than two weeks now. She was lost, alone, hurt, and in need of food. It's a surprise how she even kept her spirit high through all of this.
The team was now desperate to find her at any cost. They even announced a prize of $50000 for anyone who can find a physical therapist. They assumed that she would be dead by now if she was all alone in the forest.
More than 17 days
Her family lost all hopes of her being alive. They were about to call off the search as it had been more than 17 days now. They did not want to lose hope, but the possibility of finding her was now starting to get thin.
But things started to look up for her. She was crawling in the forest looking for her food near a stream nearby, and she saw a helicopter flying above her. She felt overjoyed to see the copter, but she had to do something to get its attention.
They finally found her
But this was not the first helicopter that Amanda had spotted. Many other helicopters came and went by. So she did not get her hopes up too high. But she did start to wave around and scream for help, and to her luck, they noticed Amanda sitting near the stream.
She realized it was finally time for her to move from this place and get some help. She spent more than seventeen days with a broken leg, almost no food, and water from the stream.
They finally came to her rescue, and she was crying her eyes out as she was not able to believe that she was going to see the light of day. Amanda was found in a condition that you would not expect. She looked completely malnourished as she had not eaten real food for days.
She was injured and sustained sunburn injuries. When the first line of helpers spoke to her, she described this experience as spiritual. She was airlifted from the forest and then transferred to a hospital.
Javier, her pillar
Assuming that she would be somewhere near her car, they did not bother searching for her too far from the site of her car. Javier Canetellops, who was a part of the search team, said that they had no motivation to search beyond a certain distance because they were sure that she could not have wandered far.
They finally found her in a treacherous area, and she was happy to be discovered. She called her parents through his phone and informed them that she was okay.
Cantellops was not only a part of the search and rescue team but was his physical therapist for about three years now. She had helped him go through a rough patch when he had a broken foot, and it was time for him to repay her.
Cantellops was on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, which caused the broken foot. He had to stand by her side as a pillar and help her get through this rough patch.
Warm and comfort
Amanda was not only his physical therapist but also his entire home. He felt warm and comforted whenever she was around. She helped him through many things, which is why he got emotional when he found out that she was missing.
He was willing to do anything to find her safe and sound. Once he started this mission, he was sure that he would find her at any cost. And he did end up finding her along with many other volunteers.
Till then, Amanda never knew that she had these many people in her life who loved her. She was overwhelmed by the kind of response she received. She stated that she was indebted to all those who extended a hand in help and helped find her.
She felt like all the miracles of life were helping her heal. Now the only thing that was left was to recover and get better. It was a long road, but slowly and steadily, she would get back to her normal life as a yoga instructor and therapist.
The incredible journey
Many travelers lost their way and went into the wild. All of them who made it out alive had one thing in common. They tapped into a kind of inner strength that could be generated in times like these. Amanda started that hope to be found was the only thing that was keeping her alive.
She did not cling on to much but hope. She believed that she could survive any circumstance. This is the incredible journey of Amanda, and we hope you learned the underlying lesson in this.
A small sweet girl
We have read stories of many adults being lost because of their own mistakes. This one might be a little hard to digest as we are going to introduce you to Karina Chikitova, a four-year-old girl who lives in a remote village in Siberia.
Along with Karina, her father, mother, grandmother, and her dog, Naida, stayed in the same house as her. They were living a happy and joyful life until distress stuck them and something worse was about to happen to Karina that others did not expect.
Following her father
Like other kids who are eager to learn more and explore more, Karina was an energetic kid who loved to wander about in her village. With adult supervision, of course. In July 2014, Karina and her father Rodion set out on a tiny expedition.
Karina followed her father into the Siberian wilderness, also known as the Taiga. The start of this does not sound too good to us. It seems like the girl is all set to get lost in the wild.
The most dangerous place
Taiga was not a safe place for little children to wander about. There were many other reasons as to why it is not safe for a child to get in this place. But the top reason is that the location is filled with animals like bears, tigers, and wolves.
They are not used to human interaction, and if they see anyone near them, they would tear them apart and eat them before you even know it. This is the last place that Karina should be in.
With many people who lived in the house, there was, of course, one person assigned to take care of her whereabouts constantly. Her grandmother was in charge of taking care of her. Karina did not bother to inform her that she would be following her father into a forest filled with wild animals and huge bears that had an appetite for humans.
This decision of hers would backfire and put her into an unexpected situation. She is not the kind of person who would not listen to her elders but be too energetic to remain calm and still.
No one knew
If you thought that at least her dad knew about this, then you are wrong. He had no idea that this little girl would follow him into the forest without giving out the slightest hint to him. This was probably the biggest mistake she has committed.
She was about to enter a zone that was infested with insects, poisonous plants, and most of all, dangerous animals. Not a single person would know that she could be inside the Taiga, one of the most dangerous areas around.
But among all the red flags that are going off in your head, you would be glad to know that Karina was not completely alone. Apart from her father, whom she was following, she was accompanied by her family dog, Naida.
As you know, dogs can be a great support in any situation. Talina, her mother, noticed that Karina was missing in the house. She went around searching for her and found out that even the family dog was missing along with her.
Her mom always knew that she is a curious person. Talina knew her daughter all too well. She had a reputation for wandering away or following people where ever they went. With this in mind, her first guess was that she could have followed her father into the woods.
But they were not living in a place with the best of the network so that she could call him and check it out. So she waited for him to get back home.
Lost in the trail
Karina did a great job in following her father into the woods. Of course, being a grown-up, you can easily outrun a four-year-old girl. She followed him for a long time and deep into the forest. All this while she hid her self so well that her father had no idea that Karina was following him.
Nadia also did not give this away. They walked behind him till they could, but at one point, they seemed to be lost as they could not see him anywhere nearby.
Altering the local authority
The father had not gone for a quick trip to the forest, but he was on his way to another city. Her mother took about four days to understand that she was not with her father but was indeed lost and alone in the Siberian forest, left alone with all the bears and wolves.
The first thing she did was that she altered the local authorities about this. She was panicking more than ever as she had no idea where her daughter and the family dog is.
Too many bears
The forest was huge, and there was no way that one or two people could find her in this area. The authorities gathered a team of hundred people to be the search and rescue team for Karina. They all carried rifles in case they encountered any bears on the way.
By this, you can imagine how many wild animals and bears were roaming about in this area. The team was determined to find the girl and her dog before anything happens to them.
Search teams deployed
Days passed by as they tried to search for Karina. After the on foot search proved to be of less use, they deployed helicopters to search for her. This search was not very good as well.
They were almost about to give up the operation as it was about nine days since they first started. Her mother could not help but break down every day. She was praying to God to bring them both back home safely into their arms. They wanted nothing more than to see her.
Never leave your side
But after several days, they found a small ray of hope. We mean, the clue walked right up to them. Naida had returned home! Naida knew her way back home as she is a dog and their sense of smell is very strong. But this bought more fear into their hearts than anything else.
Karina never leaves Naida's side. If she was missing and Naida returned home, does it mean that something worse had happened to Karina? They had no information whatsoever.
Keeping hopes alive
Her mother kept her hopes alive, only knowing that Naida was there with her little kid. But once Naida returned home without Karina, Talina lost all hope. One hug from Naida and Karina would be brave as a bear to survive the wild.
She lost all hopes and broke down in front of her dog. She held Naida close and wept her eyes out. It felt like her entire world was crumbling down in front of her eyes. There was no way out until she found her little one.
Naida was trying to communicate
But Naida did not strut back into her house only to find food or comfort. Naida was set on leading the team back into the wild. This is why they say that dogs are humans' best friends.
Once Naida started walking back into the wild, the team of search and rescue understood that Naida is trying to communicate something to them. She wanted to lead the way and show them where Karina is. Their hopes started coming back up again.
The team was not sure if this was the right thing to do, because Naida started walking into the part of the forest, which is not recognizable as a common path.
The brave dog Naida started running ahead, and at this point, they started to wonder if this operation to follow a dog would do any good. Naida ran and took them into a part of the forest that was deep, which made the officers worry if Naida remembered where she left the little girl.
More than 12 days now
They went so deep into the forest that Naida was now making them walk around for three whole days. It was now more than 12 days since Karina had gone missing. They felt this entire operation was futile, and they should stop following the dog.
But luck struck as they saw footprints on the mud. This footprint belonged to a small girl, which made it clear to the team that Karina was barefoot. This detail was important to the investigators.
Footprints and clues
This little piece of information gave them more information about her whereabouts. Looking at the direction of the footprints, they knew that she was not inside the woods. She was somewhere far from the woods.
They could not narrow down the search to a place where they could find her easily. They now had to come up with a new execution plan. They drew up a new plan and alerted all the others about their discovery, and started their new plan with much enthusiasm.
Finally found her!
This was the best plan they had come up with in days. They had real and substantial evidence of her whereabouts and was positive that they would find Karina today. Sure enough, after following the new plan they drew within the next 20 meters, they saw something unusual.
They saw a kind of lump that was tucked away in the grass. They let out a gasp as they knew this would be Karina. They ran towards her, and yes, they finally found her!
Getting medical support
She was sitting inside the tall grass, trying to protect herself from the cold and dark. She was not able to move much. She was tired and exhausted from the lack of food and water. The team first ran and gave her a cup of tea before they took her to the car.
They knew that she needed medical support immediately, so they did not waste much time inside the woods. Everyone, including the team, was sick of the woods by now. They wanted to take her back home to her parents.
The first thing that anyone would be worried about was her mental health. Physically she could be treated and recovered within a few days. But the thing that would stick to her would be the state of mind after.
Generally, being lost with her dog for more than two weeks is not a pleasant experience. After a few days, she even lost the comfort of her dog. But after many tests, they found out that mentally she was in a good place and not traumatized at all.
Surviving the wild
Even a four-year-old knows how to keep herself and her dog alive for more than two weeks. Human instincts can kick in and keep you floating for many days. After she recovered a bit, they asked her how she managed to take care of herself.
She responded that wild berries and water from the river helped her stay alive. The Siberian wilderness is not a place for little girls to wander away, but the brave little girl lived off the love and care of Naida to keep her hopes intact.
Karina was admitted to the hospital for a long time to help recover from all the lack of nutrition. After many days, when she had the energy to meet guests, the first guest that was waiting in line to meet her was Naida.
They both spent many days and nights in each other's arms keeping each other company. You would imagine that Naida would be happy to meet her little buddy. But this meeting was odd and not what others expected to witness.
Karina looked at Naida and turned her face away. Everyone was surprised to see this reaction of hers. She turned back and looked at Naida and asked her with tears in her eyes, Naida, why did you leave me?
This statement alone was sufficient for us to understand how hurt Karina was in Naida's absence. Later they explained to her that Naida was the one who helped them find out where she is. She knew that Karina did not have the strength to walk back home.
Keeping each other company
Karina told everyone about how brave Naida was. She helped Karina go through every difficulty that they faced in the forest. Whenever she felt scared, she would hug Naida and know what everything is fine.
She was the only thing that kept her from breaking down. They also slept together whenever it was cold, and this companion was the reason why Karina did not have lasting mental trauma. Karina hugged Naida and thanked her for everything she did during those two weeks.
The village had not come across a braver girl and wanted to show the world what she is. In her honor, they set up a statue of Karina and Naida. The locals wanted to be reminded of what strength and courage look like.
Even if you are a four-year-old girl, if you have the will power and the hope to get through something, you can do it with ease. The statue symbolized courage, love, and innocence. Not a bad deal for such a young girl, right?
She moved on from this incident. After her recovery, she started to go to school. She got admitted to a ballet school, which was about 350 miles away from the village she had wandered off from initially.
Her teachers were very fond of her and informed her parents about her great talent. She carried great potential inside of her and could even stand a chance in participating in the competition of Russia's competitive ballet scene.
Karina was a curious little girl, but the experience made her into a silent one. When she started, she did not make many friends, and she would sit by herself during class. The boarding school leader was worried that she would turn out to be an introvert.
But little did they know that her real nature would bloom soon. She started making many friends, and she would play with them all day long. More than making friends, she made friends who loved her and cared about her.
An inspiration to all
She may have moved on and become a great dancer, but she could never forget her true soulmate, Naida. She would always come back home to visit her and play with her.
She was a great inspiration to the entire village and others who learned of this story. We have to learn to stay strong no matter what the situation. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. In this case, even if Naida left her all alone, it was for her good.