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Sierra Nevada hiker found alive after nine days outdoors 'very grateful'

An American hiker missing for nine days in California's rugged Sierra Nevada region has been found alive.

Miyuki Harwood, 62, failed to return from a solo hike on 21 August and fellow hikers alerted authorities.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told reporters that Ms Harwood had suffered broken bones but was conscious and "very, very grateful that she was found".

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