Lost New Zealand marathoner drinks own breast milk to ‘keep going’

Susan O'Brien, 29, took a wrong turn during a race through Rimutaka Forest Park

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A marathon runner in New Zealand who was lost in a forest for 24 hours has said that she drank her own breast milk and buried herself in dirt to survive.

Susan O'Brien, 29, took a wrong turn during a race through Rimutaka Forest Park and sparked a search once she failed to reach the finish line, the BBC reported.

The mother of two was eventually airlifted out at 11:30 local time on Monday.

O'Brien told reporters: "I definitely thought I was going to die."

"I'm breast-feeding my baby so I had a bit of my milk, which I thought, that should help me keep going."

According to Radio New Zealand, the fitness trainer also had gel packs, an energy bar and two liters of water with her.

She added that as night descended, temperatures dropped, forcing her to dig a hole in the forest floor and cover herself with dirt in an attempt to stay warm.

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