Missing Sisters

SIBLINGS FOUND — Sisters Leia Carrico (left), 8, and Caroline Carrico, 5, were found Sunday in Northern California, 44 hours after they had gone missing.

LOS ANGELES — 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 from their home in the small community of Benbow, where they had last been seen Friday af­ter­noon, Humboldt Coun­ty Sheriff William Honsal said.

Benbow is about 200 miles northwest of Sacra­mento.

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

“This is an absolute mir­acle,” he said. “This is rugged territory, this is an extreme environment. How they were out there for 44 hours is pretty amaz­ing.”

A photo of one of the girls posted by the sher­iff’s office and already being widely shared on so­cial media shows her wear­ing pink rubber boots, dirty jeans, a long pink shirt and a woolen cap. She is standing while a fire­fighter kneels down and talks to her.

One person commented that “she looks like a seas­oned outdoor gal” while anoth­er said, “those little ad­ven­turers will sure have a story to tell!”

Honsal said the girls were given fresh warm clothes, water and food and were being assessed but were in good spirits and doing well.

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