Young sisters lost in California woods for 44 hours reveal how survival training saved them

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Two young sisters who spent 44 hours lost in the wilderness in the US have revealed how they used survival training to stay alive.

Leia Carrico, eight, and her five-year-old sibling Caroline went missing in northern California last week after they went for a walk against their mother’s wishes.

When the girls lost their path, Leia used her outdoor survival training she learnt from a local club and from family camping trips.

“It was starting to drizzle so I knew we needed to find shelter fast,” Leia told CBS News.

“And we had my sister’s rain jacket to keep us warm… We turned it sideways so each of us had an armhole that we stuck our arms into.”

The girls knew to stay in one place and were able to drink rainwater from leaves.

Leia added: “My sister cried the whole night so I told her to think happy thoughts of our family and I kept watch for most of the night.”

Caroline said: “I thought of going to the park with mommy and daddy.”

Speaking to ABC News, Leia said Caroline “slept a little but I kept watch on both nights”.

A search team followed a trail of granola bar wrappers and boot prints to find the girls on Sunday morning. They were dehydrated and cold but in good spirits.

During the search efforts, the girls were able to hear that people were looking for them.

“We heard helicopters and we yelled at them, but they couldn’t hear us because of their loud motors,” Leia said.

A fire chief and firefighter from a local volunteer department found the siblings in a wooded area about a mile and a half (2.3km) from their home where they had last been seen.

The girls’ mother Misty said she was “the proudest mum” after learning how her children saved themselves.

“They saved each other,” she said, adding: “I raised superheroes.”

Their father Travis said he and his wife “spent two days crying my eyes out, looking everywhere we could think of to look”.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said: “This is an absolute miracle.

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

Volunteer fire chief Delbert Crumley told ABC News: “We heard crackling and we thought we heard somebody say ‘dad’ and we called their names again and they said; ‘We’re right here’.

“I think I was more excited than they were.”

(c) Sky News 2019: Young sisters lost in California woods for 44 hours reveal how survival training saved them

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