An Australian woman has been rescued after spending five days lost in the wilderness and managed to survive thanks to some unconventional supplies.
Lillian Ip, a 48-year-old woman who was vacationing near the town of Bright, took a wrong turn while on a short road trip to a remote lake, losing cell service and getting stuck in muddy terrain.
With nothing but a blanket, a juice box, and a bottle of wine she had purchased as a gift for her mother, Ip waited for help.
Despite not drinking alcohol and hating the taste, Ip had to drink the wine to survive, using candies to help her stomach it.
On the fourth day, feeling weak and losing hope, Ip wrote a heart-breaking farewell letter to her family, expressing her love for them.
Fortunately, the letter was never delivered because the next day her car was spotted by the police.
Once rescued, Ip immediately requested water and a cigarette, expressing her gratitude when a police woman had one for her.
She was then taken to the hospital and treated for dehydration before being reunited with her family, who made her promise never to go on a solo adventure again.
The incident took place in the striking Mita Valley, a popular destination for those looking to explore Australia’s backcountry.
The thick and wild bush in the area posed a challenge for Ip, who found herself lost and in a life-threatening situation.
Her survival, albeit unusual, serves as a reminder of the resilience and resourcefulness of individuals in desperate situations.