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A 72-year old woman went missing in an Arizona forest but definitely got the “help” she wished for AP/Screenshot

One woman was lost in an Arizona forest for nine days but thought of a creative way to get rescued.

Authorities said 72-year old Ann Rodgers survived by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out “help” on the ground.

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“I was eating desert plants. My dog was too, diving into clovers and finding all the places that were the easiest to go,” Rodgers told KOLD.

According to the Associated Press, Rodgers was on the way to visit her grandchildren when she went missing March 31. The search began when Rodgers’ car ran out of gas and was found three days later.

While searching for Rodgers in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, a ranger found her dog who was was wandering around a forest road on April 9 and flight crew saw the “help” signal sign on the ground made of rocks and sticks.

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The state Department of Public Safety told the Associated Press that the sign helped rescuers find Rodgers.

Unfortunately, Rodgers was no longer in that area, but was found after starting a signal fire.

Rodgers was rescued by helicopter in fair condition and has been released from the hospital.

Melissa Gotleib is a content editor at Rare.
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