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US News‘Absolute miracle:’ Rescuers find missing California sisters

04:55  04 march  2019
04:55  04 march  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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Two young sisters missing from their home in northern California since Friday afternoon were found alive on Sunday “This is an absolute miracle ,” he said, adding that tough the girls were dehydrated and cold, they were Rescuers were hopeful about finding the girls on Saturday, after they came

California authorities sought to help citizens locate seven people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 18 people as rescuers continued searching for survivors on Saturday. He appealed to the Santa Barbara County Police Chief’s Office to provide information on any of the missing residents but

‘Absolute miracle:’ Rescuers find missing California sisters © Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office An undated photo of the Carrico sisters was used to help searchers.

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.

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California mudslides have caused multiple deaths, wide destruction 1:06. Crews marked places where bodies were found , often far away from a home, and used that information to guess where Santa Barbara County authorities offered wildly fluctuating numbers of the missing throughout the day.

Two young sisters missing from their Northern California home since Friday afternoon were found alive Last Update 25 mins ago. 2 young California sisters found after frantic search. "This is an absolute miracle ," he said. Though the girls were dehydrated and cold, they were uninjured and "in

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.

‘Absolute miracle:’ Rescuers find missing California sisters © AP Leia Carrico, 8, left, and her sister Caroline Carrico, 5,

‘‘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!’’

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Rescue crews in Southern California resumed on Thursday the arduous task of combing through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck. A home on Glen Oaks Road damaged by mudslides in Montecito, California , U.S., January 10, 2018.

Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California 's coast, said “There have been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days (following similar disasters) and certainly we are searching for a miracle

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

‘‘A lot of us didn’t get any sleep the last 48 hours or so,’’ Honsal said. ‘‘To have a positive outcome like this is just absolutely amazing. . . . These girls definitely have a survival story to tell.’’

He said the firefighters who found the girls had followed their boot prints. The firefighters were part of a massive search of a vast and rugged rural area that included a dozen agencies, including the National Guard, helicopters, and tracking dogs.

Rescuers were hopeful about finding the girls Saturday after they came across prints from their boots and wrappers from granola bars, Lieutenant Mike Fridley said.

‘‘The wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended up at,’’ Fridley said.

Fridley said he was the one who got to call the girls’ mother and tell them her daughters were alive.

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Rivers of mud wreak havoc in California . Her 12-year-old sister , Sawyer , was found dead earlier this week. Five people are now missing , the sheriff said, and searchers Rescuers have searched frantically for the missing after rivers of mud and boulders flooded through neighborhoods in and near

Search parties fanned out across areas of Southern California hit hard by torrential rains and mud slides, hoping to find up those still unaccounted for.

‘‘She melted on the phone,’’ he said.

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