Missing hikers knew what to do: OPP
Marta Malek (left) and Maya Mirota were last seen hiking in Algonquin Park on Thursday. (OPP and Twitter Supplied images.)
ALGONQUIN PARK, ON- The teenage hikers who were found in Algonquin Park today did the right thing.
That’s according to the OPP, whose K-9 unit located 16 year olds Marta Malek and Maya Mirota. They had been reported missing on Friday night when they didn’t return to a larger group of campers.
They were last seen on the Western Uplands Trail near Rainbow Lake.
Police have said the girls are in good health and have been reunited with their families, who had travelled to the area.
“The girls had made it about a quarter of the way toward their destination when they realized they had left the trail and were lost,” read an OPP press release.
“They drew on their education about being in the forest and practiced the message of “hug a tree”. When lost in the forest it is always best to stop and stay where you are, rather than continuing on, possibly farther from any trails and potential rescue.”
Members of the OPP Emergency Response Team, front line members from several OPP detachments, and several OPP Canine Units converged on the area assisted by park wardens and members of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association, according to the police.
An OPP helicopter and a float plane from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests also took part in the search.
“The girls, despite becoming lost, did the right things by staying put and rationing their food and water,” read the release.
“They had a tent and other camping equipment and limited supplies.”
The police thanked everyone involved in the search.