• Mercedes Benstock

Perspective & Miracles

After receiving a touching message yesterday from a brave and beautiful woman serving our country, I was honestly enamored and beyond touched that she had the time to reach out to me and thank me for writing. She also said that she had shown it to another girl stationed, and that reading it when they had the chance was a quick escape from reality. As I read the heart warming message, It reminded me of every brave person out there, protecting and serving our country, including my cousin who serves for the Royal Marines.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our country is in a state of war, forgetting that people are risking their lives day in and day out to protect us. That being said it’s always important to remember, and to put everything into perspective.

Today I have chosen to write about a miracle. Nicholas Cendoya and Kyndall Jack went missing on Eater Sunday. Cendoya was found Wednesday by another hiker and went straight to hospital, but Kyndall Jack, 18 was clinging to a cliff in Californian wilderness, when she was rescued yesterday.

The rescuers and lifesavers who plucked a teenage hiker from a steep and rocky canyon wall yesterday said that she was “exhausted, had trouble breathing, and likely could not have survived much longer than another day in the rugged southern California Wilderness.

She was rescued from a near vertical wall, in Falls Canyon, located in Cleveland National Forest, five days after she got lost on a day hike with her friend. “She was kind of clinging to the ledge on the cliff side, kind of going in and out of consciousness” stated Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jim Moss, one of the paramedic’s who treated her.

“We climbed up to her and could see she was in a lot of pain, obviously completely dehydrated and very weak. She wouldn’t have made it much longer. She’s really lucky.”Barely able to move, Jack had managed to find some energy to scream on and off for 90 minutes, shouting at times: “I”m here, I’m here,” as rescuers helped locate where she was. It was her screams that brought searches to her, after they found Nicholas Cendoya 19 (the boy she went camping with) , on Wednesday night. “We started to close in. We heard the voice from all our ground crews and surrounded it and made contact with her,’ he said. ‘It was very difficult to extract her.” said Orange County’s sheriff.

After rescuers had found Jack, they strapped her into a harness and air lifter her into a helicopter that took her to hospital. She and Cendoya had drove to the area on Easter Sunday for what was supposed to be a short an easy hike through a picturesque canyon to a waterfall. Before his cellphone battery died. Candoya made a 911 call on Sunday, telling authorities the couple had gotten lost. “He was panting and said, ”We’re out of water.” You could hear Kyndall in the background,” said Orange County fire Capt. Jon Muir. “He said, ”I think we’re about a mile or two from the car,” and he was right about the distance but in totally the wrong direction.”

After Cendoya was found on Wednesday night in shorts and a shirt, he was flown down to a hospital in Mission Viejo where doctors said he was being treated for severe dehydration, scratches and bruises. Park was also found in a similar condition. Her rescuers said she couldn’t remember what day it was or even that she had gone hiking in the first place. She had no idea how she had gotten to the steep rocky canyon where they had found her.

She was suffering from low blood pressure, shortness of breath, and had pain in both legs. Despite that, she has been said to suffer no major internal injuries and was listed in “good condition” at the University of California “Irvine Medical Center”, said spokesman John Murray.

Cendoya told doctors that he and Jack became separated on Sunday night. He was found on a steep hill less than a mile from where the pair had left their car, but the brush was so thick that a person wouldn’t be able to see someone standing as close as 5 feet away, park said. The brush was so thick that after being located, a helicopter dispatched to rescue him had trouble keeping track of where he was.

The hiking path is popular with day hikers, including families and children. Its not considered difficult Park warned, but its very easy to get lost in the heavy “brush” and hikers who venture their should be well prepared with plenty of food, water and clothing.

After officials had told Jack’s family that she was rescued, her father Russ Jack told the LA times that Cendoya said he had communicated with Kyndall even after they had separated. “Nicholas obviously was disoriented because of dehydration… he thought that Kyndall had already been rescued,’ he said. ‘He told us, “I haven’t seen her for a day. I think she’s already been rescued.” So fortunate that the two are found alive, and now the case for the two to be found safely has been closed.