Maui yoga instructor who vanished weeks ago after a hike has been found

(CNN)More than two weeks ago, Amanda Eller hiked into a forest in Hawaii and disappeared.

Since then, rescuers such as Javier Cantellops have scoured the Makawao Forest Reserve on the island of Maui, searching for the 35-year-old physical therapist and yoga instructor.

Their hard work finally paid off Friday when they looked down from a helicopter and saw Eller between two waterfalls, walking barefoot through a ravine, waving her arms.
“We all look to our right … and out of the woodwork, man, you see Amanda Eller, my friend, coming out, waving her hands,” Cantellops said.

“It was unbelievable, dude,” he said. “And we all of course lose it.”


According to a Facebook page dedicated to finding her, Eller was evacuated from the ravine by helicopter and taken to a local hospital. Footage from CNN affiliate KHON in Honolulu showed a basket being lowered into the ravine and carrying Eller away to safety as Cantellops and other rescuers celebrate.