- Leia and Caroline Carrico, 5 and 8, went missing Friday when they wandered into the woods near their home.
- In a new interview with the “Today” show, the sisters shared how they survived with skills they learned from wilderness training class.
- Caroline said that she and Leia stayed warm by taking shelter underneath a tree branch that was low to the ground and huddling under a rain jacket.
- They also ate granola bars and drank rainwater off of leaves.
- The sisters were scared but knew help was on the way, as they could see helicopters circling overhead while they were in the woods.
Leia and Caroline Carrico, 8 and 5, went missing Friday when they wandered into the woods near their home. In a new interview with the “Today” show – their first since being rescued – the sisters detailed the 44-hour-ordeal.
On Friday afternoon, the sisters asked their mum, Misty Carrico, if they could go for a walk in the woods. She said no – but they went anyway.
“Leia wanted a little, tiny adventure, but I wanted more,” said Caroline, the 5-year-old.
According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the girls became lost in the woods when they followed a deer trail. That first night, the girls put the skills they learned in a 4H wilderness training class to the test.
“It was starting to drizzle, so I knew we had to find shelter fast,” Leia, 8, said.
The girls took shelter beneath a low-to-the-ground tree branch and were able to stay dry thanks to Caroline’s raincoat, Leia explained.
“My sister cried the whole night, so I told her to think happy thoughts of our family,” Leia said of Caroline.
Leia said she was also “nervous” and “afraid.” But both girls felt confident that help was on the way. While they sheltered themselves under a huckleberry bush, they could see rescue helicopters circling overhead.
Ultimately, on Sunday morning, rescuers found the girls. In a news release, authorities said footprints helped lead them to the young sisters.
Over 250 people contributed to the rescue efforts, with over a dozen agencies like California State Parks, United States Coast Guard, and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse becoming involved. During the weekend’s storm and rescue efforts, the Carrico’s driveway was damaged. Misty has since set up a GoFundMe page for donations aiding in repairs.
Their rescue is being called a “miracle.”
“I’m the proudest mum,” Misty said. “I raised superheroes.”
Watch their full interview with the “Today Show” below:
After surviving 44 hours in the woods of one of the most remote and dangerous parts of Northern California, two little girls share their story in their first interview since being reunited with family. pic.twitter.com/ovm5Sq1xNr
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 5, 2019
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