Miss­ing Kiwi tram­per found af­ter three days in US desert

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE - SARA MEIJ

A New Zealand wo­man who went miss­ing in Cal­i­for­nia while tramp­ing has been found alive with a shat­tered pelvis.

Claire Nel­son, 36, was found with a shat­tered pelvis in Joshua Tree Na­tional Park by US Park Rangers.

A search­ing he­li­copter found Nel­son, pic­tured left, shortly be­fore 3pm on May 25, lo­cal time, ac­cord­ing to the park’s pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Ge­orge Land.

KESQ News re­ported Nel­son was found badly in­jured and had been air­lifted to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

She was re­port­edly found af­ter be­ing able to make a sig­nal, which caught the at­ten­tion of the he­li­copter.

Nel­son last con­tacted friends about her in­ten­tion to hike to Lost Palms Oa­sis on Tues­day May 22, but failed to re­turn from the tramp on Wed­nes­day.

She was re­ported miss­ing on Fri­day, af­ter her friends hadn’t heard from her for two days, ac­cord­ing to the Joshua Tree Na­tional Park web­site.

Rangers had been look­ing for her in the park, be­tween the Mo­jave and Colorado deserts.

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