23/04/2015 11:47 BST | Updated 23/06/2015 10:12 BST

Long Lost Brother And Sister Reunited After Flirting On Tinder

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A brother and sister who hadn't seen each other for 16 years have been reunited after unwittingly flirting with each other on the dating app Tinder.

Erik de Vries, 24, and Josephine Egberts, 22, were matched up on Tinder after they 'swiped' each other's profiles.

They chatted and flirted for a few days – and then the penny dropped that they were siblings who'd been separated back in 1999 after their parents broke up.

Erik told Mic: "The first time I swiped her profile I had absolutely no idea.

"In our first conversation I was actually flirting with her so the conversation was very superficial."

After their parents' divorce, their father took Erik and his twin brother Maarten to Belgium and their mother stayed with Josephine in their native Netherlands.

Erik and Maarten tried to track down their sister but drew a blank.

Erik then moved back to the Netherlands and joined Tinder -which boasts 21 million matches each day – and after becoming connected to Josephine, they began messaging each other.

After a few days, details began to emerge about Josephine that made Erik suspicious of who she might be - namely a girl from Breda, where he had grown up, who had been separated from her twin brothers.

He asked Josephine a series of further questions about her past and the pair realised they were indeed siblings and they agreed to meet at a local café.

Josephine told DatingSiteKiezen: "When I saw him, it was suddenly very clear. It was so special to see my own blood brother again after 16 years."

Erik's twin Maarten was equally amazed.

He told NL Times: "It's too crazy for words that you come into contact with each other again like this. But that also makes it very special. I am very happy that I can now still get to know my sister."

The three siblings say they now plan to spend more time together.

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