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Teen Trapped for Four Days Finally Rescued

July 14, 1994

MONTARA, Calif. (AP) _ A teen-ager survived four days while trapped in a car that plunged 80 feet down a ravine off a treacherous part of coastal Highway 1.

Paul Julius Bondoc, 16, was operated on early today at Stanford Medical Center, said spokeswoman Lori Vaughan. He suffered broken bones and a collapsed lung in the crash.

It took rescuers an hour to get Bondoc out Wednesday after two men walking their dogs heard his faint cries.

Bondoc, of San Jose, was driving Saturday when his car ran off the road, said state trooper Marian Pohl.

His injuries prevented him from climbing out and his calls for help weren’t heard over the sound of the ocean and passing traffic. So he lay inside the car for four days without food or water, Pohl said.

The scenic Highway 1 runs along 600-foot cliffs in some areas. Bondoc crashed near a stretch of road known as Devil’s Slide, which has a reputation for deadly accidents.

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