A woman who was missing for more than a week after she set off alone for a hike is now safe and sound. 

Rescue crews said despite their efforts it was the woman’s will that saved her life. 

The search area was so filled with heavy smoke and was so remote that it took military helicopters to airlift rescuers deep into the Sierra Nevada. 

After nine days of searching with aircraft, horses and even a drone, 62-year-old Miyuki Harwood was found alive, blowing a rescue whistle. 

Harwood was camping with the Sierra Club when she decided to go on a hike alone. 

Somehow in the rugged area she broke several of her bones and, surrounded by thick haze from a wildfire burning less than 10 miles away, she pulled herself down the mountain to find water. 

Harwood had a water filter with her, but no food, as she suffered through scorching summer days and cold nights. 

Harwood is now recovering after surgery to set several bones in her leg back into place. 

Her family was ecstatic when they heard she was found alive. 

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