'Survival TV Shows Kept Me Alive': Woman Rescued After Six Days In Bush
A woman who survived in dense, flooded Gold Coast bush by sleeping in caves and drinking from streams has made contact with her "ecstatic" parents.
Yang Chen went missing on Wednesday while walking with a friend in the Tallebudgera Valley and was found by water police near Gorge Falls on Monday morning.
The 26-year-old Chinese university student spent five days in the bush, surrounded by creeks which were flooding after heavy rainfall.
Bond University vice-chancellor Tim Brailsford said Chen phoned her parents from hospital shortly after her rescue.
"Yang and I phoned her parents in China who were ecstatic with the news, and overwhelmed with gratitude," Brailsford said on Tuesday.
"Yang is in surprisingly good spirits and health considering the extraordinary and traumatic experience she has been through".
Despite losing her shoes and surviving in caves for five nights, Chen has no serious health concerns.
Brailsford said Chen jokingly credited survival and adventure-style TV shows for helping her stay alive.
Her parents acknowledged and thanked the rescuers and hospital staff through Brailsford's statement.
Chen was reported missing by a man who was walking with her near a popular waterfall in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Rain hindered the search for Chen, and fears for her safety were increasing by the day.
Police divers scaled a cliff face near Gorge Falls on Monday morning before she was found.