Deputies say it would be impossible to find anyone in this mangrove.
But this is where 62 year old Kathleen Shino was found late Monday.
Deputy Keith Krapfl says, "it's just woods and branches debris you had to crawl in to there we actually got stuck going in through there. "
The only access to the mangrove is through this large yet abandoned strip mall. A mother and daughter who heard Shino's call for help were unable to actually see her.
Alexandra Echazabal, who heard her cries, says, "We thought about going and trying to pull her out but we didn't know what would be there she said she was stuck in the water."
Shino was last seen by her family Friday. She left home without her car keys, cell phone or medication. Investigators say they have no idea how or why Shino ended up neck deep in muddy water just a quarter mile from her home. There is no indication of foul play and so far Shino is not talking to investigators.
For now she has a total stranger to thank for her rescue.
Echazabal says, "I'm not the hero I'm just in the right place at the right time the crews that came came with the chain saws and were actually able to pull her out "
Deputy Krapfl says, "I think it's the caller who did a tremendous job she should be applauded held as a hero a lot of times people thank us for the job we do it's our job."