The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, were plucked by a helicopter crew from heavily wooded terrain above Tomales Bay. They were conscious and dehydrated when they were taken to a hospital in unknown condition, authorities said.
“This is a miracle,” Sgt. Brenton Schneider told reporters Saturday afternoon.
The two from Palo Alto were “avid hikers” who frequently visited the area north of Point Reyes National Seashore, Schneider said. They were familiar with local hiking trails but somehow became lost as darkness fell during a Valentine’s Day outing, he said.
“They found a puddle nearby and that’s what they were using to survive,” he said.