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Woman found alive in NC mountains in 'remarkably' good condition

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Thornbrew is loaded onto an ambulance from an ATV vehicle. (Source: Newspath) Thornbrew is loaded onto an ambulance from an ATV vehicle. (Source: Newspath)
Kristy Thornbrew (Source: Facebook) Kristy Thornbrew (Source: Facebook)

BAT CAVE, NC (WMBF/AP) - Crews in the mountains of western North Carolina have rescued a South Carolina woman who's been missing since Monday.

Friends say 29-year-old Kristy Thornbrew of Florence, left a small cabin alone in hopes of seeing sunrise from a mountaintop near Bat Cave on Monday morning.

The search continued on Thursday morning and around noon, news came that air crews had spotted the woman, officials said.  Ground rescue teams then reached Thornbrew and she was taken out of the area to a nearby hospital.

It is believed that Thornbrew fell and broke her leg -- she was found on a very rugged area and then was pulled from jagged cliffs. The sheriff's office says Thornbrew was in "remarkably" good condition, but was very dehydrated, WSPA reported.

She has a broken leg, but was conscious and was able to talk to rescuers, the Asheville Citizen Times reported. Rescuers report she survived due to her own resourcefulness, but they did not offer any details.

Before Thursday's good news, the last time she was heard from, Thornbrew called friends around 9 a.m. Monday to say she was heading down the mountain. Friends say that hike would have only taken about 45 minutes.

After she did not return, friends reported Thornbrew missing around noon that day.

Her boyfriend, Mark Carmichael, says she missed a ride back to Florence after being in North Carolina for a concert. Carmichael had been in Charleston and did not attend the concert.

Sorrells says about 80 searchers have searched the area, with the help of a helicopter and dogs. Crews from the helicopter apparently spotted the woman.

The terrain she was on is very rugged, mountainous terrain with very steep hillsides, according to Broad River Fire Department Chief Bruce Cook.

Thornbrew's parents and boyfriend, Mark Carmichael, are at a command post in NC as workers search. Carmichael was not in NC with her at the time of her disappearance.

Copyright 2011 WMBF. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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