February 25, 2020 7:35:12 pm
A romantic Valentine’s Day hike turned into a nightmare for a couple in their 70s after they got lost in a dense California forest. After an intense search, rescue teams found Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, on February 22.
The couple were on a hiking getaway and staying at an Airbnb cottage when they decided to go for a hike. However, they reportedly got lost in the dark, reported ABC7.com.
Sgt. Brenton Schneider of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office was quoted in a CNN report as saying that the two of them had mild hypothermia but are recovering in a hospital.
Update from Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin. They are in great spirits and want to thank every single person who has kept them in their thoughts.
On behalf of the Irwin and Kiparsky family, Thank You. pic.twitter.com/t3OS6rgas7
— Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) February 23, 2020
According to Schneider, despite wearing light clothing and not eating for more than a week, the couple survived the harsh conditions as they were reportedly drinking water from a puddle.
The footage of the rescue was shared on Twitter by the police. ” A big shout out to @sonomasheriff for the amazingly quick response, professionalism, and their ability to get Carol and Ian to the medics the fastest way possible” the police said in the caption.
— Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) February 22, 2020
Quincy Webster, a volunteer with the Marin County Search and Rescue, who was also at the press conference, said that it was when they heard voices coming from the vegetation that they realised that it was the couple.
“At first we thought it was another team, but they started yelling ‘Help!’ We looked at each other and were like, ‘That’s them!” she said.
People, who came across the dramatic rescue video lauded the authorities and volunteers for their efforts in finding the couple:
I want to thank the Marin sheriffs department and all of those who rescued Carol and Ian. A fantastic job. You didn’t give up. Best wishes to ALL involved in their rescue. 🙏🙏🙏
— Jon Q. Public (@WeRNotOK) February 23, 2020
Ive been following this from canada and praying for u both..i hope u have a speedy recovery!!!!❤
— Shelley Mitchell (@msmd1975) February 23, 2020
Good news. I’m so happy they are found alive and are now safe. Everyone did such a great job. Thank you.
— Tess Deco (@TessDeco) February 23, 2020
This is such great news!! You guys look great!
— mama jow (@sujower) February 23, 2020
Phenomenal! Never, never, never give up!
— Laura Hinerfeld (@lhinerfeld) February 23, 2020
Such awesome news! Prayers for a quick recovery!
— karisuecat (@karisuecat) February 23, 2020
I pray to God and the universe for healing to you both.
— Blake S. Taylor Investigations (@YoungGun8140) February 23, 2020
great work in finding these folks, hats off to all who participated…
— dc (@dc1964212) February 23, 2020
I am so happy for the family to be reunited , thank you
— avallee (@vallee2112) February 23, 2020
Healing vibes to you both, prayers have been answered. #Miracles
— Lyn ..tomorrows a new day (@shapingherworld) February 23, 2020
— Kenny Choi (@KennyKPIX) February 23, 2020
Thank you to the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and the volunteer searchers ❤️❤️❤️
— Corgi Loaf (@corgiloaf) February 23, 2020
Happy for you both, amazing rescue!
— Marion Marino (@marino6_marino) February 23, 2020
Bless these people and all the rescuers who searched for them throughout the week!!
— ACG (@fun4acg) February 23, 2020
Bless you both! Prayers for speedy healing 🙏🏼
— Leslie Wilmington (@LeslieWilmingt1) February 23, 2020
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