Lost French hiker survives 11 days on a picnic

10th July 2009, Comments 1 comment

A 62-year-old French woman hiker survived 11 days lost in the Pyrenees Mountains with nothing but a picnic to eat

Rennes – a 62-year-old French woman hiker survived 11 days lost in the Pyrenees Mountains with nothing but a picnic to eat, her husband said Thursday.

Therese Bordais lost her way after wandering ahead of the rest of her hiking party, in the Ondesa national park in the Spanish Pyrenees on 26 June.

Spanish rescuers scoured the area with helicopters and dogs for over a week until spotting her Monday at the foot of a gorge, where she had spread brightly coloured clothes by the side of a stream to attract attention.

"Frankly, I had lost all hope. How on earth can someone survive 11 days without food, alone out in the storms?" said her husband Marcel Bordais.

Airlifted out of the mountain, she was hospitalised in the Spanish town of Huesca, according to her husband who said she was in "pretty good health."

AFP / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Christine Tyler posted:

    on 10th July 2009, 12:41:32 - Reply

    I live in France so know how substantial a French picnic can be. the French may be bad tourists but at least they can pack a good picnic!