Teen sisters who went missing in Ontario provincial park found safe
Published Friday, August 23, 2013 7:19AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 23, 2013 7:59PM EDT
Ontario Provincial Police say they have located two young sisters who went missing Thursday while on a walk in Bon Echo Provincial Park in southern Ontario.
Napanee OPP issued a statement Friday evening saying Emma and Jenna Kip, ages 13 and 16, were located in good condition around 6 p.m. Both were picked up and flown by helicopters to be examined by paramedics.
Family members anxiously awaiting good news expressed elation and relief after learning the girls had been found safe.
“I’m just over the moon, I’m thrilled,” said their grandmother Cheryl Kip. “I’m glad they’re going to be safe, that’s all I can say.”
John Kip, the girls’ father, told CTV Kitchener he felt ecstatic and thankful after receiving the phone call.
“The words don’t come to me, honestly, it’s too much elation,” he said.
The beaming father said he had yet to speak with his daughters, but was told they were found “pretty far away” from the campsite.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday the New Hamburg, Ont., sisters went for a walk while on a camping trip with their family at the nearby Hardwood Hills campground.
When the girls didn’t return, police and rescue teams were called. Emergency responders searched the densely forested park overnight and all day Friday.