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Nevada woman rescued in Sierra says she knew she'd never see boyfriend again

  • In this undated photo provided by the Citrus Heights Police Dept., Paula Lane is seen. Doctors say Lane is lucky to have escaped with just frostbite after spending nearly a week stuck in the Sierra, surviving on tomatoes and snow. Lane was in stable condition at a hospital in Carson City on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, a day after she was discovered by her brother wandering in the mountains. Her boyfriend, Roderick Clifton, was with her when they got stuck in the snow last week in California's Alpine County. He did not survive after going for help. (AP Photo/HO/Citrus Heights Police Dept.)

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Nevada woman who survived six frigid days in the mountains said in an interview aired Monday that she had asked her boyfriend not to venture out for help after their Jeep became mired in mud on a back road.

Paula Lane said she told Roderick Clifton they should stay with the vehicle and ride out the storm together. Instead, Clifton gave her a wave and walked away.

"I knew I was never going to see him again," Lane, 46, said on NBC's "Today" show.

Lane, 46, was still recovering from frostbite at a Carson City hospital. She was rescued Dec. 5 by her brother, Gary Lane, and a friend after she and Clifton became stranded in California's remote Hope Valley while traveling back to Gardnerville from visiting relatives.

Clifton's body was recovered the same day.


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