Transcript for Hiker rescued from ravine in Kailua Forest after being missing for 16 days
We begin tonight with an incredible story of survival. A woman missing for more than two weeks dramatically rescued. Amanda Eller somehow surviving in a maui forest. You see her there, hoisted to safety after she was spotted in a reintervene by a search team helicopter with friends on board. The 35-year-old overcome at being found saying she stayed alive on guava and leaves. Her friends and family never gave up hope, now overcome with joy, everyone celebrating tonight. Eller sharing details in a video shot inside her hospital, revealing over the long ordeal she wanted to give up. ABC's erielle reshef starts us off tonight. Reporter: Alive and alert, tonight, Amanda Eller in her own words speaking tearfully from her hospital bed after two weeks alone in the hawaii wilderness. The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest of my life. There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up. Reporter: Dramatic images of her long-awaited rescue. We found her, guys! We did it! Reporter: Amanda Eller, hoisted by basket into a maui fire department helicopter. It did come down to life and death, and I had to choose. And I chose life. I wasn't going take the easy way out. Reporter: New photos showing the 35-year-old yoga instructor appearing gaunt and overwhelmed as she made her first phone calls following her ordeal. She was mobile for the first five days. But she took a good ball. She did something to her ankle and knee that impeded her. Reporter: Eller found wedged in a ravine between two waterfalls in the Kailua forest days after she vanished from a trail. She was trying to find a way back and just got lost. Reporter: A trained physical therapist, Eller's family saying she nursed her own injured ankles and fractured leg as time ticked by. Apparently those healing touches had done her well, and they thought for what she had been through, she was in surprisingly good shape. Reporter: Managing to persevere using expert survival skills. She ate a lot guava, some of the special plants she knows you can eat for energy. Reporter: In an interview with "The New York Times" claiming she took extreme measures even spending one night in the den of a wild boar. The official search for her called off after 72 hours, but a group of volunteers dubbed "Amanda's angels" persisting in their mission to find her. 5:00 P.M. Friday, the moment all had been hoping for. We looked down, and "Hey there's a hiker." What? And she's like coming out of the woodwork, like arms out, waving us down. Unbelievable, man. Elation. Absolute elation. It's been a really significant spiritual journey that I was guided on. Unbridled emotion from Eller's mother. I was crying the tear of joy. So grateful to have my girl home. Reporter: Her safe return a relief to her family and an entire community. We're going to have a party. Yeah, we're going to have a serious party. So great they found her. Erielle reshef joins us live on set. We know when she went on that hike she left her wallet, her keys and water inside of her car. Do we know how she got lost? She told "The New York Times" she was on a trail and simply lost her way and then fell about 20 feet injuring herself, trying to survive all those days. She's thanking the community for the massive effort it took to save her. Thank you. Next to the holiday clam, the relentless rounds of severe
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