Malaga – Dutch tourist Mary Anne Goossens, who went missing 18 days ago in the southern Spanish town of Nerja, was rescued Wednesday from a well she fell into while walking in the mountains.
Three hikers who were walking along the Chillar River discovered the 48-year-old Goossens and informed the emergency services authorities.
After being pulled from the well, the woman was placed aboard a police helicopter and taken to Axarquia hospital, paramedics told Efe.
The hikers who found her tossed food and warm clothing down to her in the well before they left to go find help.
Goossens told paramedics that she fell into the well on the night of June 17 and could not get out, although she managed to squeeze herself into a side cavity so she would not be in constant contact with the water inside.
Healthcare personnel told reporters that Goossens is doing "rather well" and that the tests they performed on her found nothing out of the ordinary in terms of her basic constitution, although she has burns, minor injuries, scratches and scrapes on her legs.
Her relatives reported on June 23 that she had been missing for a week, adding that she arrived in Malaga on June 15 for a 10-day vacation and the next day went to Nerja to do some hiking.
Since Goossens sent a mobile phone message to her family on the day of her arrival, the woman's phone seemed to have been turned off and she had not used her credit cards or slept in the hotel where she had booked a reservation in Nerja, although her suitcases remained in her room.
Goossens' ex-husband and one of the couple's children arrived in Malaga on June 22 to personally take part in the search.