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Geocachers find more than they bargain for, make heroic rescue

Geocachers find more than they bargain for, make heroic rescue

BENTON CITY, Wash. - For a couple of local men, a scavenger hunt turned into a journey to save a woman's life.

Sunday morning, Tim Turner and Derek Fisher went out geocaching on Horse Heaven Hills in Benton City.

"Which is just finding treasures and finding stuff to sign. It's our hobby, our game," says geocacher, Turner.

It's scavenger hunt to find hidden treasures using GPS coordinates.

"It turned into an adventure," says Turner.

When they walked towards the bottom of the hill, they saw a truck that looked abandoned. Then, they noticed something else out of the ordinary.

"And when we looked we kind've bent down and it was windy and you can see a leg and a hand," says Turner.

"It was awe, it was shock," says geocacher, Fisher.

"We found a body. We thought this is not good. It was a body in a backseat, but then she moved," says Turner.

A woman was inside the car...still alive.

"And she spoke to us and suddenly we are in a conversation asking 'are you alright?' She said 'I don't know how I got here,'" says Turner.

It was 52-year-old Cindy Hendrickson. She spent 14 hours trapped in the back seat of her car after rolling down a 150 foot embankment Saturday.

"There was defiantly something that put us there," says Fisher.

They called 911. The men said she was airlifted to Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

She fractured two neck and five spinal vertebrae as well as two ribs.

"Relief that she was probably going to be okay. I'm very thankful," says Fisher.

Kadlec Regional Medical Center said she had been discharged Friday.

When asked if it was fate that they were there, Turner and Fisher said they don't know, but they are thankful they were there to help save her.