Couple rescued after 8 days in California wilderness

Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin, both in their 70s, got lost on a hike to see the sunset and became disoriented in dense woods when a search team heard their voices and got them to safety.
2:07 | 02/24/20

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We move onto that incredible survival story. An elderly couple found alive after getting lost in the California wilderness for eight days. Their sons are speaking out about the dramatic effort to save them. Gio Benitez here with the story. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Good morning. Just incredible. Just a few days into that search, police declared this a recovery mission thinking there was just no way they would find them alive. Well, they were very, very wrong, and this morning we're learning how they survived. This morning, a couple is recovering after miraculously surviving eight days lost in the California woods. Carol kiparsky and Ian Irwin both in their 70s from paolo alto checked into a cottage for a Valentine's day trip together. This is the kind of vacation they take. They are used to being outside. Reporter: The couple got lost on a hike reportedly to go see the sunset when they somehow ended up in dense woods. Hundreds of people searching for them on foot with K9s, drones, boats and airplanes. The search becoming a recovery mission after three days of freezing temperatures. The story of them being gone, nobody wanted that story, but it seemed to be more real. Reporter: But then, an unexpected discovery while a team was searching in dense vegetation. About halfway up, with hear voices. They start yelling help. Ewith looked at each other and we were, like, that's them. Reporter: Irwin was so overjoyed rescuers say he began singing when the helicopter came to pull them from the wilderness and bring them to safety. Their family says they are resourceful in the outdoors. They tried to stay hydrated bid drinking from nearby puddles. They know kind of what to eat. My mother is an herbalist by hobby, but she's a gardener. When she sees edible plants, she knows what they are. Reporter: Those skills saving their lives. And the couple is still hospitalized. They have extensive cuts from that dense brush, but they are in, quote, amazing spirits and they are express thrg gratitude. Singing as she was being lifted? Isn't that amazing. Thanks, gio. Coming up, what Harry and

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