Wounded woman trapped in her crashed car for six days after drinking rain water she caught in a bubble gum box when the European heat wave finally broke
- Corine Bastide, 45, crashed her car into a ditch in the woods during the heat wave
- The spinal injury she sustained meant she couldn't get out of the vehicle
- She was found almost a week later by a search party in Liège, Belgium
A woman who was locked up in her car for six days during the European heatwave survived by collecting rainwater in a discarded chewing gum box in the rain showers that followed.
Corine Bastide, 45, traveled through Liège, Belgium, when her car landed in a ditch in remote forest.
She remained conscious, but suffered serious back injuries during the accident and could not get out of the car.
Corine Bastide, 45, was in her car for six days after being hurled into a ditch in a remote forest area during a European heat wave
Mrs. Bastide crashed on July 23 and said she thought no one was ever in the & # 39; terrifying heat & # 39; would find.
The temperatures in the area had only peaked a few days earlier at 41.7C (107.06F).
She said from her hospital bed that her cell phone didn't stop calling concerned family and friends the first night, but that she couldn't reach him because of her injuries.
The next day she said it didn't ring anymore because her battery was empty.
She remained conscious but sustained a backbone that prevented her from getting out of the vehicle. She said she was scared & # 39; that no one would ever find her & # 39;
The heat wave eventually broke a few days after its first crash and was followed by periods of rain.
Mrs. Bastide managed to open the car door with her foot and was then able to use an old bubble gum box to collect small amounts of rainwater for drinking.
Her family contacted the police and opened a case about missing persons.
There was an indication of where she had been because she was seen a few hours before she disappeared at a nearby gas station in Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse.
Her last smartphone signal was also registered shortly before the accident.
Mrs. Bastide was found in her car after six days by a search party. She has greeted the nameless woman who sees her as her & # 39; guardian angel & # 39; has found.
She added that she never lost hope during the trial, but was lucky that she was alive.
Speak with the local broadcaster RTBF, she said: & # 39; I had to get out of this situation so that I could do all the things I had planned with my children.
& # 39; It was they who gave me the strength to continue. & # 39;
Her son said his mother would have to undergo surgery and stay in the hospital for a few weeks.
The heat wave broke after a few days and she was able to collect small amounts of rainwater in a discarded chewing gum box
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