Reporter Who Survived 5 Days in Park Rescued

Cathy Frye and her husband became lost and later separated on a trip in an unfamiliar desert.
1:55 | 10/08/13

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dramatic survival story from texas. An award-winning reporter survived for several days on her own in the wilderness, after she and her husband got separated during their annual anniversary hike. Reporter: Cathy and her husband, rick, got lost hiking near the new mexico border. To know that your child thinks you're not coming home. And there's nothing that you can say or do. Reporter: They planned to make their annual trip to big bend national park, where they got married. But this year, it's closed because of the government shutdown. So, together, they spent three days wandering the unfamiliar desert, until cathy knew she was too weak to take another step. I didn't want to die by myself. But I knew we had to do something. Reporter: They decided to separate. He would look for help. How do you die knowing that your two kids are going to think your parents went off on a joy hike. Reporter: The next day, rick found their truck. He couldn't find his way back to his wife. I went to my truck. And I went in and all of her stuff is laid out. Reporter: She was barely hanging on. Even when she saw that rescue helicopter. She asked how her husband was doing. I believe he was doing fine. Her reaction was, thank god he found me. Reporter: Cathy got to thank one of her rescuers from her hospital bed. And to speak to those two children she feared she would never see again. I wouldn't get my head around the fact that I wouldn't see them or hold them. One more time. Reporter: A reporter with a remarkable story, she somehow lived to tell. For "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, houston. So thankful, she and her husband are doing so well.

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