California Couple in their 70s Missing Since Valentine’s Day are Found Alive

The rescue of a married couple in their 70s who had been lost in the woods for more than a week is being hailed as a miracle by authorities in Northern California, who had given up hope of finding them alive.

Carol Kiparsky, 77, and her husband, Ian Irwin, 72, were located in a densely forested area near a bay about 30 miles north of San Francisco on Saturday, two days after the Marin County Sheriff’s Office had switched from search mode into a recovery mission.

The Palo Alto couple had been missing since leaving their vacation cottage and getting lost on a Valentine’s Day hike. They were airlifted by helicopter to get treatment for what Sheriff’s Sgt. Brenton Schneider described as “slight hypothermia’’ but were otherwise doing well.

Search efforts that involved hundreds of people, boats, a plane, drones and trained dogs around the bayside town of Inverness failed to yield results until the couple was heard calling for help Saturday morning, a few miles from their vacation lodging.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jorge L. Ortiz