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Rescuers Find 2 Lost Teens at Topanga State Park

Encino sisters call 911 on cellphone, then help police guide helicopter to their location Sunday night.

Two teenage sisters from Encino were rescued Sunday night in good condition after getting lost in Topanga State Park, a police sergeant said.

The sisters, ages 14 and 17, called 911 with a cellphone at about 8:15 p.m. to say they were lost in an area south of Reseda and Ventura boulevards, Sgt. Jason Zabel told City News Service.

The girls did not know how to use the GPS or compass applications on their iPhone, but they were able to tell police when a fire helicopter was getting close to them and helped guide it in, he said.

The sisters were found near the Topanga and Temescal canyon fire roads, and were returned to their father at about 9 p.m. Sunday, Zabel said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

GG April 12, 2011 at 03:18 AM
these girls were so stupid! who doesnt know how to use GPS???? And what where they doing in the wilderness anyway? -GiGi
Sally temson April 12, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Actually this is a false report. The girls were able to use their compass and direct the helicopter to their exact latitude and longitude.
Lauren Rosenblum April 12, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Sally: Sgt. Jason Zabel of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Station was the one who reported that the girls did not know how to use their compass. If you are related or connected to the girls, I invite you to help them tell their story firsthand.
Nischay Kumar April 13, 2011 at 01:54 AM
WOWOWOWO why didnt they just ask dora the explorer to help their way out?
Don Feinstein April 13, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Glad things turned out okay. It's a big park and you can easily get turned around. Sounds like the young ladies are good candidates for a Sierra Club class on hiking and woodsmanship. Happy they are safe.

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