LAKEHURST - Officials say that an 87-year-old woman was stranded for several days in Ocean County without food or water before soldiers from the Massachusetts Army National Guard happened upon her car and saved her.

The Massachusetts Army National Guard says that the soldiers had been training at a base in Lakehurst and were on a scouting mission when they found the car deep in a wooded area Monday afternoon.

The soldiers found the woman slumped over in the backseat. She remained unresponsive after they honked several times, but awoke when a soldier approached.

She said her car became stuck in the soft sand Saturday morning and that she had to collect rainwater to drink. Temperatures reached the upper 90s over the weekend.

Officials say that the woman suffered extreme dehydration and possibly heat illness. Her condition has improved significantly.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.