Ann Rodgers, a 72 year-old woman missing since March 31, being rescued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Unit in Canyon Creek, Gila County, Arizona, April 9, 2016.
Arizona Department of Public Safety
April 12, 2016 5:21 PM EDT

A 72-year-old woman and her dog survived being lost in the Arizona wilderness for more than a week, authorities said Tuesday.

Ann Rodgers had been stranded for nine days in a remote area near Canyon Creek after she got lost on her way to Phoenix to visit her grandchildren and ran out of gas, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

A search party found her on Saturday in “fair condition” and flew her to a nearby hospital in a helicopter. She and her dog survived by drinking pond water and eating plants, public safety officials said.

Rodgers also spelled out a “HELP” message, using sticks and rocks, which was spotted by an aircraft crew.

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