A woman managed to survive five days in the Australian outback on a bottle of wine and a few lollipops.
A 48-year-old woman, who police only identified by only her first name, Lillian, took a trip to mountainous tourist destination, Bright, Victoria, but never arrived at her destination.
When Lillian failed to check in with her family after departing, they alerted local police, who searched extensively throughout the dense bushland for days without any luck.
On the fifth day, police Air Wing spotted Lillian waiving to their helicopter in a remote area of Mitta Mitta, and sent a squad car to rescue her.
“After being lost in the bush for five days, she was extremely relieved and grateful to see us and we were just as happy to see her,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
Lillian was found at the end of a dirt road, where her car was stuck in mud. She had been trying to drive to Dartmouth Dam, but came to a dead end.
When Lillian realized she had taken a wrong turn, she tried to make her way back down the road, but became bogged down by the muddy unpaved road.
She tried to call for help, but the remote area, which was more than 37 miles away from the nearest town, had no cellular service.
Due to a health condition, she was unable to attempt to walk for help, which police said may have saved her life.
“She used great common sense to stay with her car and not wander off into bushland, which assisted in police being able to find her,” the press release stated.
Luckily, she was able to survive the plunging night temperatures which hit lows of 36 degrees, by running her car’s heater.
Unfortunately, Lillian had only planned to take a short day trip, so she did not pack anything beyond some candy, and did not have any water in the car.
Though she does not drink, Lillian had a bottle of wine that she bought as a present to her mother, and was able to sip it while waiting for rescuers.