Rescued California sisters, ages 8 and 5, say they survived by drinking rainwater from leaves and keeping ‘happy thoughts’ about their family

first_imgABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Their rescue was described as a “miracle,” but two girls who were lost in the Northern California forest over the weekend said Monday that they depended on each other to survive and had faith that their daddy was coming to save them.Leia Carrico, 8, and her 5-year-old sister, Caroline, spoke publicly for the first time, described how they got lost while walking on a deer trail and wandered past a fallen tree on their family’s 80-acre property that their father, Travis Carrico, warned them never to go beyond.“Leia wanted a little, tiny more adventure. But I wanted more,” Caroline said of how their misadventure Friday afternoon started.The girls were found on Sunday afternoon by two volunteer firefighters about 1.4 miles from their home in the rural Humboldt County town of Benbow. Travis Carrico estimated the girls had probably walked six miles before they were found.Leia said that at one point, she and her sister realized they had walked in a giant circle because they noticed the same metal poles they had already passed.“I wasn’t sure which way home was but it turned out that home was way back south,” Leia said.Leia said she and her sister used Caroline’s rain jacket as shelter, cuddling together under a huckleberry bush to keep out of the pouring rain and to try to keep warm as nighttime temperatures dropped to 38 degrees.Caroline slept a little, but I kept watch on both nights“My sister cried the whole night,” Leia said of the first night they spent lost in the forest. “And I told her to keep happy thoughts of our family.”Caroline said that as her big sister kept watch at night for wild animals, “I thought of going to the park with mommy and daddy. I thought of going to the ocean. I thought of everything but it didn’t work.”“Caroline slept a little, but I kept watch on both nights,” Leia said.The ordeal began about 2:30 p.m. on Friday when the girls asked their mother, Misty Carrico, if they could go on a hike to a “sunny spot.”Misty Carrico said she was busy at the time, preparing a load of stuff to take to the dump. She said she noticed her girls missing about 3 p.m. and started screaming out their names, but they were nowhere to be seen.“I felt awful, terrified and guilty,” said the mother.Travis Carrico said that when his wife first called him, he didn’t panic, thinking the girls would be home soon.But when he got home and they still hadn’t shown up, he said he got on his motorcycle and started driving all over his property looking for them.The parents called the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, which immediately launched a search that grew into a massive search-and-rescue operation that drew more than 200 law enforcement and military personnel from throughout California, including two helicopter crews.“I went through every emotion you could think of, everything from thinking it was a dream to balling up and crying,” Travis Carrico said of the ordeal.His wife said her mind went to a “really dark place.”“I wasn’t hopeful after the first night and it being 38 degrees and it pouring, pouring rain,” Misty Carrico said. “I constantly heard my kids screaming for help in my head.”The girls survived two nights and most of Sunday morning with no food, huddled in a bush they called their “huckleberry home.”Leia said they also used survival skills they learned on family camping trips, their participation in 4-H and from watching movies about people being lost.“I know how to start a fire,” Leia said, explaining that she was attempting to start a brush fire but gave up when it suddenly got sunny.Travis Carrico said that while searching for his daughters he came upon the brush pile Leia had built.The key lesson the girls said they followed was to stay in one place once they realized they were lost.The girls were found about 10:30 a.m. Sunday by Piercy, California, volunteer Fire Chief Delbert Crumley, and firefighter Abram Hill.“We heard crackling and we thought we heard somebody say, ‘Dad,’” Crumley said. “And we called their names again and they said, ‘We’re right here.’ I think I was more excited than they were.”About an hour after they were found safe and uninjured, Leia and Caroline were driven on all-terrain vehicles to meet their anxious parents.A video of the reunion, posted online by the North Coast Journal newspaper, showed Travis Carrico scooping up his youngest daughter, Caroline, and hugging her tight, tearfully telling her, “I love you.”“I was so worried about you,” Travis Carrico told Caroline. He did let her know she is “in so much trouble.”When Leia arrived at the rendezvous site on another ATV, her mother quickly picked her up and hugged her as if she was never going to let go. “The reunion was emotional,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal told ABC News on Monday. “Anyone who has a kid understands losing a kid for 10 minutes in the mall … [these] parents went through 44 hours of that and didn’t get any sleep and to finally see the kids safe and sound it was an emotional release, absolutely.”The girls told authorities they didn’t take any food or fresh water with them on their misadventure, although rescuers said they found granola bar wrappers near their boot prints that led them in the direction of the children.The girls told rescuers that they drank rainwater from the huckleberry leaves, which their parents taught them to do.Honsal added that one of the best survival lessons the girls utilized was to stay put in their “huckleberry home” once they realized they were lost.“Hypothermia could have set in, but they kept dry,” Honsal told ABC News. “That was the key thing for these girls.”The girls said they heard a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter overhead searching for them and that they yelled for help but no one heard them.When the girls heard Crumley and Hill yelling out their names, they answered back and were rescued. “When our searchers found them … they were in good spirits. Rescuers were surprised. They were happy to see them,” said Honsal, who on Sunday described finding the girls safe and sound as “a miracle.”The sisters were taken to a local hospital, where they were checked out and given pizza.“As far as their appearances go, no scratches, they weren’t wet,” Honsal said. “They were smart enough to stay under canopies of tall trees and stay near tree trunks. They hiked all the way to the location and stopped when they knew they were lost. That was exactly what they were supposed to do. They looked like they were out for a stroll, like they were gone an hour from the house. They were anxious to see their parents.”The girls said they will never go far away from their house again until they have a GPS tracker on them, which their mother has already ordered.“I’m trying not to punish them,” Misty Carrico said. “They saved each other. I’m the proud mom. I raised super heroes.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Violent gang crime down 12% in city

first_img“There is a fear in their mind, a knowledge that someone is looking over their shoulder,” said Valley Bureau Cmdr. Valentino Paniccia. Since January, the FBI has assigned 50 agents to Southern California to tackle gang crime in some of the most violent areas, including South Los Angeles. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deployed 80 agents throughout the Southland to focus on gang crime by illegal immigrants. And the City Attorney’s Office began work this week to prosecute gang members. Since January, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo also has unveiled three new gang injunctions in northeast and central Los Angeles. “This effort is larger than anything that I have ever seen before,” said George Cardona, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District. But in some neighborhoods not policed by the 50-officer task force, crime remains higher than last year and residents complain of a spillover effect. Immigration officials have deployed dozens of agents across Southern California to combat gang violence, including a 10-member squad in the San Fernando Valley, officials said Wednesday. And local officials cited the stepped-up coordination by federal and state law enforcement agencies as one reason behind a 12 percent drop in violent gang crime citywide in the past three months, though the Valley has shown no improvement after a 40 percent surge last year. “It’s clear our suppression strategy is effective and on target,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a meeting to discuss his two-month-old plan to combat gangs. “We all recognize we still have a lot of work to do.” So far, immigration officials say they have made only a handful of arrests. But the Los Angeles Police Department said other efforts – including establishing a 50-officer task force in the Valley and placing probation officers inside police gang units – have put criminals on notice. “They are working so hard in other parts of the Valley, my feeling is that we are forgotten,” said Mary Ellen Crosby, a member of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council. Crosby said gang members hang out in front of her home and tag a nearby park. “It never used to be this bad,” she said. [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Thursday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Things to know: Sharks captain embarrassed by talk of his toughness

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski is probably the best shot-tipper in the NHL. He’s pretty good at deflecting questions about his toughness, as well.After the Sharks captain received his third question Friday regarding his physical health in the aftermath of a taking a puck to the chin in Game 1, he blushed and downplayed the severity of the damage to his teeth.“Geez, you guys talk a lot,” Pavelski said after he was asked to confirm the injury report that head coach Pete DeBoer relayed to NHL Network …last_img read more

BingTweets: Microsoft Launches a Twitter Search Engine

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#Product Reviews#search#twitter#web frederic lardinois This is Federated Media’s second Twitter project together with Microsoft. The first was the launch of ExecTweets, a site that allowed users to find, follow, and engage business executives on Twitter.Not Quite A Fusion of Twitter and BingBingtweets looks like an interesting project, but while its tagline is “Fusing Twitter Trends with Bing Insights,” the reality is that it displays a Twitter feed next to Bing’s search results and there is no real fusion between the two. We do like, however, that Microsoft stressed overall trends on Twitter and allows users to quickly get a grasp on what a trending topic is about. After all, Bing’s results often display information about current news events like the earthquake in New Zealand today, for example. Breaking these trends down by popular terms, people, places, and products is also quite nice, and we are not aware of any other Twitter search engine that currently does this. We also like the ability to share results directly on Twitter through an oversized form at the top of the page.Overall, this is an interesting effort, though we are not sure that Bingtweets currently offers enough value to differentiate itself from other Twitter search engines and memetrackers like Twazzup or Tweetmeme. Microsoft, in cooperation with Federated Media and Twitter, launched its own full-blown Twitter search engine today. BingTweets mashes up real-time Twitter search with results from Bing, Microsoft’s new and increasingly popular search engine. The result is an interesting hybrid product that puts Bing’s search results at the center of the experience, while the real-time Twitter feed appears in a sidebar on the left. The top of the page features a list of trending topics, which are quite interesting, as BingTweets separates them out by popular terms, as well as by popular people, places, and products. Disclosure: Federated Media is a ReadWriteWeb advertising partner.Microsoft started to integrate some Twitter search results with the main Bing search engine a few weeks ago, but these were only from very popular Twitter users. Interestingly, BingTweets will run on its own domain, and, as far as we can see, isn’t linked to from the main Bing site. For now, it’s a completely separate entity, but chances are that Microsoft is already experimenting with other ways to incorporate more Twitter search results into Bing. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

Green Construction Takes a Bow at a State Fair

first_imgOnce they’ve had their fill of corn dogs and quease-inducing amusement park rides, visitors at the upcoming Minnesota State Fair can head over to the fair’s Eco Experience, a 25,000-sq.-ft. exhibit, and calm themselves with a tour of the 2009 Eco House, a green-dwelling prototype designed by SALA Architects of Minneapolis.Equipped with renewable-energy hardware and constructed with a well-insulated shell and a range of sustainable materials, Eco House is designed to be adaptable to most urban environments and perform at or close to net-zero-energy standards. The home’s PV array and panels for its solar hot water system are mounted on its south-facing façade. When constructed on a residential lot, the house will also feature a ground-source heat pump.SALA Architects told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the 2,200-sq.-ft. home is constructed with heavily insulated 12-in. walls and a range of sustainable finish materials, including wheatboard interior walls, recycled glass tiles, and a kitchen countertop made of crushed walnut shells in resin. The Eco Experience exhibit version will feature energy efficient appliances and a carport with a green roof.last_img read more

Foton, Cignal eye elimination-round sweep

first_imgPocari tries to firm up PVL dynasty Foton and Cignal will aim for a three-game sweep of their divisions when the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference resumes Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Foton battles Cocolife at 7 p.m., while Cignal takes on F2 Logistics at 3 p.m. Petron and Sta. Lucia collide at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Tornadoes are coming off wins over Cherrylume and Generika-Ayala with 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago banging in 35 points in those two matches.Coach Moro Branislav said the Tornadoes are still far from top form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ve to play as hard as possible,” said the Serbian. —MARC ANTHONY REYES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more