A Hawaii yoga instructor who was found alive after 17 days of missing in a forest saw them bursting into tears when she finally got in touch with her parents.
Photos taken by her rescuers showed an emotional and injured Amanda Eller who called her parents from the Maui forest on Friday, where she was found to let them know she was alive.
The 35-year-old was comforted by two men who found her when she made the tearful phone call while sitting by a creek bed.
Eller, who lives in the Maui city of Haiku, was injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve on Friday when helicopter rescue teams saw her swing from beside the creek.
Photos taken by her rescuers showed an emotional and injured Amanda Eller who called her parents on Friday from the Maui forest where she was found to let them know she was alive
The 35-year-old was comforted by two men who found her when she made the tearful phone call while sitting by a creek bed
She was missing on May 8 while walking over a lawsuit.
The authorities found her white Toyota RAV4 in the parking lot in the forest with her phone and wallet in it. Her car key was hidden under the driver's front tire.
Hundreds of volunteers helped her find her and Eller's parents offered a $ 10,000 reward to encourage people to find her.
Eller, who was just wearing a thin top, a sports bra and a pair of yoga pants when she was lost, was found about four miles from where she had left her car.
When the rescuers found her, Eller suffered from severe sunburn, a broken leg after falling 20 feet off a cliff and wound herself on her feet while losing her shoes during a flood.
She managed to survive by sleeping in a bear's den and eating moths.
When she spoke from her hospital bed on Saturday, where she continues to recover, Eller said: & I wanted to give up. But the only option I had was life or death. & # 39;
Eller was pulled out of the forest with the help of the helicopter and then taken to the Maui hospital to be treated. She had sustained serious wounds after losing her shoes and sustaining a broken leg
Helicopters seek an eye contact with Eller after seeing her in a stream bed and video of the scene showing that they have all been brought to safety
Eller (pictured with her rescuers Javier Cantellops, Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers) was missing in the forest for 17 days before she was found
Eller planned to take a short walk, but at a certain point left the path to rest. When she went on walking, she no longer had an eye.
& # 39; I wanted to go back the way I had, but my feeling led me in a different way – and I have a very strong sense of instinct, & # 39; said Eller.
& # 39; So, I said, my car is like this and I just keep going until I reach it. & # 39;
She said she kept trying to get back to her car, but eventually she went deeper into the jungle.
& # 39; I heard this voice that said: & # 39; If you want to live, keep going & # 39;, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; All the time I went deeper into the jungle, although I thought I'd go back to where I came from.
& # 39; I started to become so thin that I really started to doubt if I could survive. & # 39;
She fell off the cliff early in her ordeal, breaking her leg and tearing the meniscus in her knee.
After the fall, she struggled to walk and struggled to find food.
Eller, pictured in the hospital with her friend Benjamin Konkol, was found to be suffering from severe sunburn, a broken leg after falling off a cliff, and wound herself at her feet after she lost her shoes
At the time of her disappearance, Eller had gone for a walk without her phone and was recently seen by her friend Konkol. The pair is pictured together above
Amanda went missing on May 8 after leaving her phone on a walk on the Makawao Forest Reserve trail in Maui. She was found about four miles away from where she had left her car
After roaming for 17 days, Eller said she saw a helicopter hovering above her and sent to find her.
& # 39; I looked up and they were right on top of me & # 39 ;, Eller told the New York Times. & # 39; I thought & # 39; Oh my god & # 39 ;, and I just interrupted and started crying. & # 39;
Eller, originally from Maryland, works as a physical therapist and yoga teacher. She lives and practices in Haiku
Javier Cantellops told the Honolulu Star advertiser that he was looking for Eller from a helicopter together with Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers when they saw her around 3.45 pm near the Kailua reservoir.
Cantellops said she was in a bed of a creek with waterfalls on both sides.
He saw Eller waving her hands at the helicopter.
& # 39; It was incredible, dude, & # 39; Cantellops said. & # 39; It was just incredible to see her for the first time in a long time. It was nothing less than elation. & # 39;
& # 39; That vegetation is so thick, it's a miracle we've seen it, & # 39; Cantellops said.
Rescuers used the helicopter to bring Eller to safety and she was then taken to Maui Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
Eller, originally from Maryland, works as a physical therapist and yoga teacher. She lives and practices in Haiku.
Her family and friend Benjamin Konkol initially feared that she was & # 39; by someone involved in her disappearance & # 39; could have intercepted & # 39; & # 39 ;.
They flew to Maui last week to help her search.
The police had released a surveillance video of her purchase of granola bars in the hours before she went missing.
The police had released a surveillance video of her purchase of granola bars in the hours before she went missing
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