Found Alive HI - Amanda Eller, 35, Trail near Makawao, Maui, 8 May 2019 #2

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  1. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    Aww! Beautiful lady and beautiful statement!

    Has her mom spoken? I felt so bad for her wen she was hiking the preserve and looked around and talked about how awful it was to be there. I'm sure because she could see firsthand how dense it was.

    I'd love to see her speak after the rescue! I think someone mentioned her being interviewed but I can't find a link.
     
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    All true- & why I mentioned avoiding social media bashing. However I would still not do business there. To each his own.
     
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    Thank you for posting this. This article answers a couple of questions I had.
    She broke her leg on the 3rd day!!! I can’t believe she had to endure almost 2 weeks with a broken leg and busted up knee!
    Also I wondered how in the world she lost her shoes. A flash flood washed them away!
    Amanda is one tough cookie. I would have felt so ridiculously sorry for myself within a day. I don’t know if I could have made it.
     
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    Anyone have a link to full version of three rescuers in the hospital waiting room with her dad ?
     
  5. FindingJonRiley

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    The lay of the land dictates which direction you can move.
     
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    She followed the river hoping she would hit the ocean. But she ended up on a precipice. And hat a broken leg and infected feet and ankles, and was malnourished. :(
     
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    Ben is also a hero in all of this. He never gave up. He stayed the course in spite of so many thinking he had done something to Amanda. He had that weight on his shoulders along with the side looks from searchers thinking maybe he did do something. His every word and movement was scrutinized. She's home and Ben is also a hero to Amanda. Quite a love story.
     
  8. Bugurl747

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    Hey G - one of the recent video interviews I posted had her mom speaking.She was elated, so touching!
     
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    Family/Friends photo in the hospital room.

    Findamanda
     
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    Thanks you for posting that @MsArk!

    I can't wait to hear more from her.

    I really do hope she writes a book.

    MOO
     
  11. angelainwi

    angelainwi Certified Trauma Counselor

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    This might be a weird question, but I was surprised that she seemed concerned about how she was going to pay for "my helicopters" when talking about the go find me. That is not something that would ever come to my mind after my rescue. Is that a normal thing to be worried about? I am so not an outdoors woman so it is possible that this is a fear that hikers etc. have if they ever become lost.
     
  12. FindingJonRiley

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    Yes in Hawaii everyone knows you get charged for the search and rescue and it’s very expensive.
     
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    angelainwi Certified Trauma Counselor

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    I was wondering if that was the case, thanks for the quick answer
     
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    And she kept hearing the helicopters overhead looking for her and not seeing her. She had a lot of time to worry and probably the expense was just one more thing to worry about.
     
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    Interesting observation, I don’t think that’s a weird question at all. If I were truly lost I wouldn’t think about money not even for a moment. I would think about my life and how not to die.

    However, after the fact I would Feel pretty bad for all the people and the resources that have been used because I didn’t make the decisions to hike responsibly. That’s just me, I feel guilty easily.

    Interestingly, a friend of mine yesterday reminded me that when she gets angry at life, she takes off. She goes hiking by herself, camping, doesn’t tell people where she is etc. I can’t imagine doing that but my friend feels that’s not an odd thing at all because that’s what she does. It’s all perspective I suppose JMO
     
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    She probably knows it’s about 20k. They are expensive to use.

    She seems to have an incredible sense of awareness about her rescue.
     
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    I watched all of them I thought! Can you link the right one?
     
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    Let me clarify my post. Her rescue was done by a private search for her. The official one was suspended early on. The private search was funded largely (I’m sure) by the generous donations of the ***. To pull off what the private search did cost $$$. IMO

    I’m not aware of any official SAR efforts being charged to a family or the missing (I could be wrong). It’s been a debate over the years. I have always stood firm on the side, regardless of how careless someone was, they should not be charged.

    lol edit: the *** was Go Fund Me /with just the letters
     
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