Missing hiker found in Sierra Nevada recovering from surgery

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 30, 2015 at 2:31 p.m.

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FRESNO, California (AP) — The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days says she is recovering from surgery to set the broken bones on her lower left leg.

Miyuki Harwood's family said in a statement Sunday that she is asking for "uninterrupted rest and quiet."

The 62-year-old Harwood was found Saturday morning in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest after she used a whistle to get the attention of a search and rescue team looking for her.

Authorities say she survived by dragging herself to a creek and using a water filter to drink from it.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says more than 50 search and rescue personnel who helped look for Harwood were safely airlifted from the area Sunday.


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