MANCHESTER - A Pennsylvania hiker was struck in a tree for nearly five hours after escaping from coyotes in Ocean County.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Manchester Township police found April Lewis tied to a tree about 15 feet off the ground early Monday.

Lewis told police that she thought she had spotted coyotes in the distance and climbed a tree for safety. Lewis cut off a piece of her pants to tie herself to the tree. She says her legs had become too weak to climb down and she didn't have a cellphone to call for help.

A search began after a man heard Lewis' cries for help and called police.

Officers found Lewis, and firefighters helped her down from the tree. She was evaluated at the scene and was released.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.