‘Absolute miracle:’ Rescuers find missing California sisters

By AMANDA LEE MYERS | Associated Press

Armed with some outdoor survival training, granola bars and pink rubber boots, 5- and 8-year-old sisters survived 44 hours in rugged Northern California wilderness before they were found dehydrated and cold but in good spirits on Sunday, authorities said.

A fire chief and firefighter from a local volunteer department found Leia and Caroline Carrico in a wooded area about 1½ miles (2.3 kilometers) from their home in the small community of Benbow, where they had last been seen Friday afternoon, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said.

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The girls were “safe and sound” and uninjured, thanks in part to survival training they got with their local 4-H club, Honsal said.

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