LONDON, Ont. - After being lost for more than a day-and-a-half in an Ontario park, two teen sisters who were rescued by helicopter Friday night are still camping.
But when they do return home to New Hamburg, Ont., Emma, 13, and Jenna Kip, 16, will be the centre of a joyful homecoming party, their father says.
"They're very adventuresome and they love camping and being outdoors so it didn't shock me in any way shape or form" that they decided to finish out their camping trip, said John Kip, father of the teens.
The sisters left the family campsite in Bon Echo Provincial Park on Thursday morning on a hike and didn't return.
They were found Friday night at around 6 p.m. by an OPP helicopter, about three kilometres outside of the search zone.
John said when the girls ventured into the woods they were bombarded by a fierce thunderstorm.
"They said it was raining so hard they couldn't see," Kip said. "After that passed, they were turned around they thought they were walking back to the campsite but they missed the whole park. They sort of skirted the edge of the park."
Kip said the girls built themselves a bed and a little shelter. They didn't eat for 30 hours but knew how to gather clean water by wringing out dew from rags.
"They're very good campers. After they found out they were lost, they did everything right -- they made their bed and their shelter and they walked until they found their first clearing and then they stayed right there."