80-year-old found after 4 days in Hualien mountains

By Evelyn Tsai, Special to The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — An 80-year-old woman who went missing during a trip to eastern Hualien County last Sunday was found safe and sound by a search and rescue team yesterday morning. The woman, surnamed Peng (彭), was found near a waterfall in the mountainous areas of Hualien at around 10 a.m. yesterday morning by a Hsinchu County rescue team. She was in a relatively stable condition both physically and mentally despite suffering from slight dehydration, according to rescuers.

She was later sent to a nearby hospital for further treatment. Peng went missing at around 4 p.m. last Sunday during her trip to Lintian Mountain Forestry Center (林田山林業文化園區) in Hualien County.

The Forestry Bureau, along with her family, reported her missing to the fire department after having searched for several hours.

The fire department sent out approximately 50 people, including search and rescue dogs, volunteer police and firefighters, and rescuers to find her. According to Peng’s son, the entire family was worried about his mother since it rained heavily in the mountainous areas in recent days. Peng’s son said his mother told him that during the past four days, she drank from the river during the day and sheltered under the rocks at night. She said she was in good hands because “some old men and old women were constantly talking to her to comfort her” at night, according to Peng’s son.