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California couple who vanished for nearly a week found alive: 'This is a miracle'

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Posted at 10:19 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 22:25:17-05

INVERNESS, Calif. -- An academic couple who vanished during a Valentine's Day hike in the woods of Northern California has been found by rescue workers who spent almost a week looking for them and had given up hopes of finding them alive.

Marin County Sheriff's officials said Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin were found in a densely forested area near Tomales Bay, about 30 miles north of San Francisco, and were airlifted to a hospital.

The couple was last seen Feb. 14 at a vacation cottage near Inverness.

Authorities combed the area for days and shifted to a “recovery mission” Thursday when they felt they had exhausted all possible leads.