Remarkable story about how a young Chinese student survived five days without food in the flood-affected bushland
Remarkable story of how a young Chinese student survived five days without food in the flood-affected bushland – revealing how she slept in a banana bag to stay alive
- A student who has been missing for five days in the flooded bushland is back home
- Yang Chen, 26, disappeared in the Gold Coast hinterland on Wednesday
- The top agent involved in the search said teams “risked their lives” to find students
Mrs. Chen was taken to Robina Hospital for medical treatment of scratches and malnutrition
A Chinese student who survived five days in bushland says she slept in a banana bag in a cave to survive rainfall and flooding.
Yang Chen, 26, was feared drowned after disappearing on Wednesday during bushwalking in the Tallebudgera Valley in the Gold Coast Hinderland.
The student was miraculously found alive Monday after a search for mammoths with police divers, dogs and drones for almost a week.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Gold Coast Water Police Acting Senior Sergeant Mitch Gray said they were expecting a body.
“She is very lucky to have found her alive. Although there was a good supply of water, it does not seem at this stage that she actually drank a lot of water. She is very dehydrated, very unwell, but it will be fine if the hospital treats her, “he said.
Despite the fact that she had no food and lost her shoes during the time in the bush, she told the police that she survived the water from the streams and sleeping in a banana bag in different caves.
The Bond University Student took part in a two-hour walk with her boyfriend as they broke up after continuing to see what the path was like.
Yang Chen was missing in the Tallebudgera Valley, on the edge of the Gold Coast – she was found five days later
When he returned, she was gone, which led to a huge search involving multiple police officers, divers, squadrons, SES, surf rescue teams, park rangers and local volunteers.
But after more than five days in the dense forest, Chen was found barefoot on a 50-meter gap just 300 meters from where she went missing on Wednesday at 11:00.
Acting senior sergeant Mitch Gray described the search and rescue as a “massive undertaking.”
“It was the most difficult search query I was involved with. On the day she went missing by the time we got there, we had a good 30 minutes of searching before the downpour started, and it started the next 24 hours, “he said.
“There is no doubt that our diving team, our police diving team, definitely risked their lives to climb that cliff. There was no trace there, what they did to get her out of it was nothing short of amazing. ”
Unfavorable weather conditions had a serious influence on the efforts to find the student, which interrupted the search activities for some time.
She was perched barefoot on a gap of 50 meters, less than a kilometer from where she was missing on Monday
Acting senior sergeant Mitch Gray said that everyone is happy that she survived the ordeal.
“I had knots in my stomach. You know, when you come to the end of this lengthy search and rescues on the last day or two, you start to get really pretty nervous about not finding the person and questioning the decisions you’ve made, “he said .
Yang Chen was released from Robina Hospital on Monday morning after being treated for minor cuts and malnutrition.
Mrs. Chen told me Courier Mail on Monday she had seen search teams three days ago, but because of the thick forest waterfalls they could not hear her.
“She just kept thanking, thank you,” a savior said when she was found.
The police were worried that they would find Mrs. Chen’s body.
She had slept for four nights in a large plastic bag she had found, which was supposed to protect the bananas in the area.
All she ate for five days was a single berry from a tree, which she spit out immediately after discovering its bitter taste.
Senior Sergeant Gray said the man who had been Mrs. Chen felt extremely guilty about her loss. He said she was very dehydrated, but it would be okay if she was treated in the hospital