An Oregon woman is thanking her lucky stars after being stranded on a beach for seven days before being found. Angela Hernandez, 23, says that on July 6th she was passing through Big Sur, California when an animal darted in front of her car, in order to miss the creature she swerved but the highway she was on had no shoulder and Hernandez’s car plunged off the side of the cliff.

Hernandez posted on Facebook that after the crash when she woke up her car was filling up with water.

“I was still in my car and I could feel water rising over my knees. My head hurt and when I touched it, I found blood on my hands. I swam to shore and fell asleep for an unknown amount of time.”

For days the 23-year-old walked the beach, screaming to passing cars she saw from above but no one could hear her. She recalls that after a few days she began to feel the effects of dehydration. She found a 10-inch radiator lose to siphon off water from a nearby natural spring. After a week of walking on the beach and screaming for help to passing cars a couple hiking along the beach found her after hearing her cries.

“I heard a faint cry for help, and I turned and we saw Angela standing in the rocks,” Chelsea Moore said. “She said she woke up that morning and knew it was going to be a good day, and I think I started crying.” While Chad stayed with Hernandez, Chelsea ran to get help. When the rescue team arrived they had to hoist Hernandez up using ropes before being airlifted to the hospital. Hernandez had suffered a brain hemorrhage, fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, broken collar bones and ruptured blood vessels.

Hernandez added that despite her injuries, she is “sitting here in the hospital, laughing with my sister until she makes broken bones hurt. I’ve experienced something so unique and terrifying that I can’t imagine that there isn’t a bigger purpose for me in this life. I don’t know, you guys, life is incredible.”

[cbs news]