DALLAS, Ore. (KOIN) — The 37-year-old woman who was last seen Saturday morning was found alive near the Sea Lion Caves in Florence.
Authorities said Heather Mounce was found by her husband Wednesday afternoon near where her car was found earlier. She was found about 180 feet down the side of a cliff, according to Lt. Alex Webber, the pilot for the crew that rescued her.
“The woman was clinging onto some bushes on the cliff,” Webber said.
Coast Guard video of the rescue of Heather Mounce:
A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted Mounce and transferred her to a local emergency medical service crew waiting on shore. Webber said she was relieved to be rescued. Mounce was reportedly in stable condition when crews rescued her.
Tyler Stacey is the helicopter rescue swimmer who rescued Mounce from the cliff.
“She was grateful we were there,” Stacey said. “She definitely wanted to get out of there.”
After her rescue, the Dallas Police Department said, “Her survival speaks volumes about her strength and the persistence of her loved ones.”
Mounce was last seen in person around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, however, her family said last communication from her phone came around 2 p.m.
Mounce’s car, a red Chevrolet Cobalt, was found parked next to Highway 101, north of Florence.
According to police, it doesn’t appear that Mounce was abducted and evidence suggests she traveled to her car’s location on her own free will.
Authorities searched the area where Mounce’s car was, but didn’t find her.