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After intense search, 2 girls found after getting lost in woods

Rivka Moshe and Brocha Katz
Rivka Moshe and Brocha Katz

Two students from Miami-Dade who disappeared during a weekend religious retreat in Central Florida were found hours later after getting lost in the woods without their cellphones.

The 16-year-old girls, Brocha Katz and Rivka Moshe, went missing Saturday night from the Caribe Cove Resort in Kissimmee, reported.

An Osceola County sheriff’s helicopter located the missing high schoolers Sunday morning in the woods next to the resort, according to

"Standing next to [their] parents, watching them smile and cry, it's a very emotional mood,” Rabbi Yosef Konikov of Chabad of South Orlando told the station.

The search for the girls, who did not carry their cellphones on the religious retreat, also involved an army of volunteers.

“I saw at least hundreds of volunteers come out,” Moshe Drebin, a volunteer from Miami-Dade, told

Brocha and Rivka attend Lubavitch Educational Center’s Beis Chana High School in North Miami Beach and traveled to Central Florida on a school trip.

The girls, who suffered scratches during their ordeal, were taken to a local hospital for treatment.