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Originally published October 27, 2010 at 6:01 AM | Page modified October 27, 2010 at 5:12 PM

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Garbage bag saved lost Central Washington hiker

A Tacoma woman who became lost Saturday on a day hike near Lake Ingalls in Central Washington survived three nights in the snow by wrapping herself in a plastic trash bag.

The Associated Press

ELLENSBURG, Wash. —

A Tacoma woman who became lost Saturday on a day hike near Lake Ingalls in Central Washington survived three nights in the snow by wrapping herself in a plastic trash bag.

Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers also says 50-year-old Natalya Manko wisely decided to return to the site where she lost her way, after failing to find a way out.

Following her tracks in the snow, a helicopter crew found her Tuesday on the north side of Stuart Pass. She was treated for frostbite and hypothermia at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

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With information from: Ellensburg Daily Record, Yakima Herald-Republic

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