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Saturday
Apr062013

Teenage Hikers Survive Without Food or Water for Four Days

iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) -- Two lost hikers were rescued after spending over four days lost in the woods near Los Angeles without food or water.

18-year old Kyndall Jack and 19-year-old Nicholas Cendoya had gone hiking on Easter Sunday, and gotten horribly lost. The two got separated at some point during the days they were missing, but both were found within hours of each other.

Authorities were alerted to Jack's presence after some other hikers heard her screaming on Thursday. It took rescuers over 90 minutes to safely get Jack down from the narrow ledge on the cliff she was positioned on.

Deputy Fred Wenzel was the first to reach Jack.

“She asked me what year it was,” Wenzel said. “She thought it was the year 2030. She was very confused.”

Jack was taken to the hospital, where she is recovering, but is expected to stay through the weekend for treatment.

Cendoya had been picked up earlier on Wednesday night after being found by a group of hikers. Cendoya was disoriented and dehydrated as well.

“Apparently he thought he was in Newport Beach at one point,” one of the volunteers who helped rescue him said “So he was just really out of it.”

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Sunday
Jan272013

Hikers Trapped by Raging Flood Waters Rescued in Arizona 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Search and rescue teams rescued dozens of hikers Saturday who were stranded by raging flood waters in Bear Canyon near Tucson.

The teams used ropes and flotation devices to rescue the 40 to 50 adult and children hikers who were trapped in high waters after heavy rains caused surprise floods. Waters apparently rose in Bear Canyon hours after a heavy downpour ended. Police responded to 911 calls on foot and in the air and used infrared technology to locate the stranded hikers.

A Pima County Deputy said police were able to rescue all of the hikers who called in.

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Monday
Oct292012

Two Missing Oregon Teen Hikers Found Safe

ABC News(MOLALLA, Ore.) -- Two West Linn teenagers who went missing on Saturday while on a hike in southeast Molalla, Ore., have been found safe, rescuers reported Monday.

Jackson Chandler, 17, and 16-year-old Bradley Nelson went on a day hike in the Table Rock Wilderness area. When they did not return, their parents called Clackamas County Search and Rescue, who’d called on the the Oregon Army National Guard to help in the search for the missing high school students.

A Clackamas County Sheriff’s office spokesperson said the two teenagers did not need medical attention when they were found, reported ABC affiliate station KATU in Portland.

Once there was a break in the rain, the Oregon Army National Guard flew out a helicopter to locate the hikers “from the air,” said spokesman Deputy Nate Thompson, who’d deployed 50 searchers in the area.

Chandler and Nelson both go to West Linn High School. They are active Eagle Scouts and are experienced and trained hikers. But constant rain, rough terrain and the possibility that they were stranded in the middle of the wilderness were a cause for concern once they did not return from their hike.

"It was very unlike them not to return from their hikes. This is why their families reported them missing,” Thompson said.

Chandler and Nelson did not contact anyone for help once they set out on the hike. “The last time anyone heard from them were their parents before they took off for their hike. They didn’t text or call,” said Thompson.

West Linn High School, where Chandler is a senior and Nelson a junior, had been preparing an administrative meeting to update school staff and students on the status of the rescue efforts.

Lou Bailey, principal of West Linn High, told ABC News that many of Jackson and Bradley’s friends had gathered at the rescue scene with their families to show support.

The school could not help out in the rescue because the public is not allowed in the area where the pair had been hiking, as it’s very treacherous, Bailey said.

Search crews had made some progress in their pursuit after they found the hikers’ truck on Sunday afternoon. “It was locked and the boys were not inside,” Thompson said.

Attempts to reach the parents of Chandler and Nelson by ABC News were not successful.

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Monday
Oct292012

Oregon Army National Guard Searches for Teen Hikers

Pixland/Thinkstock(MOLALLA, Ore.) -- The Oregon Army National Guard is helping Clackamas County rescuers in their search to find two West Linn teenagers who went missing on Saturday while on a hike in southeast Molalla, Ore.

Jackson Chandler, 17, and 16-year-old Bradley Nelson, went on a day hike in the Table Rock Wilderness area Saturday, but when they did not return, their parents called Clackamas County Search and Rescue which set out to find them.

“We have a break in the rain now and the Oregon Army National Guard are flying out a helicopter hoping to locate them from the air,” said spokesman Deputy Nate Thompson. “We already deployed 50 searchers in the area, trying to locate them.”

Chandler and Nelson both go to West Linn High School. They are active Eagle Scouts and are experienced and trained hikers. But constant rain, rough terrain and the possibility that they’re stranded in the middle of the wilderness have been causes for worry.

"If they have the right amount of equipment and training, it should keep them safe for a period of time. But we don’t know where they are now. … They are very deep in the wilderness and coming in contact with someone else directly is difficult,” said Thompson. “They are experienced hikers, and it was very unlike them not to return from their hikes. This is why their families reported them missing,” he said.

Chandler and Nelson did not contact anyone for help once they set out on the hike. “The last time anyone heard from them are their parents before they took off for their hike. They didn’t text or call,” said Thompson.

West Linn High School, where Chandler is a senior and Nelson a junior, is preparing an administrative meeting to update school staff and students on the status of the rescue efforts.

“We have news that many of Jackson and Bradley’s friends are gathering out there at the rescue scene with their families to show support,” Lou Bailey, principal of West Linn High, told ABC News.

“Like everyone else involved in the search, we are in limbo waiting to hear any updates from the crews out there,” said Bailey. “The school cannot help out in the rescue because the normal public is not allowed out there. The area that Jackson and Bradley are at is very treacherous,” he said.

Search crews made some progress in their pursuit after they found the hikers’ truck on Sunday afternoon. “It was locked and the boys were not inside,” Thompson said.

The parents of Chandler and Nelson were not available for comment when contacted by ABC News.

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Monday
Oct152012

Missing Glacier National Park Hikers Found Safe, Officials Say

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WEST GLACIER, Mont.) -- A pair of hikers missing since at least Friday have been found in Glacier National Park, apparently uninjured, officials said.

Neal Peckens, 32, of Virginia and his college friend, Jason Hiser, 32, of Maryland, were found Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m. MT after earlier searches for them were hampered by a weekend of challenging winter weather, according to a news release on the Glacier National Park website.

The two hikers were reported missing by their families on Friday after they did not board a scheduled flight home from Montana.

"The men are doing well with no injuries," the park said in announcing the men had been found. "They were flown out of the backcountry and met family members anxiously awaiting their return."

Additional information on the rescue will be provided Tuesday, officials said.

The friends, who met 10 years ago in veterinary school at Virginia Tech, are experienced hikers, Hiser's mother, Sandy, told ABC News before learning the men had been found.

"They're both in very good physical condition," she said. "They're both intelligent young men, just lost. We're hoping for the best."

Park officials said the two men had a backcountry permit to hike the North Shore Trailhead at Two Medicine on Tuesday. Peckens and Hiser planned to camp overnight and return from the 17-mile loop on Wednesday, and then go on a day hike on Thursday.

Over the weekend, search crews had to battle wintery weather, including up to 18 inches of snow on trails, winds and snow drifts.

Aerial operations were also limited because of wind and low visibility, said Glacier National Park spokesperson Denise Germann.

On Sunday, search personnel found a used fire ring and tracks that they believe may be related to the hikers. The clues were found in Nyack Drainage, an area that contains dense and treacherous terrain, Germann said.

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Tuesday
Aug142012

Extreme Temperatures Send Rescuers to Hikers in Hollywood Hills

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramedics were called to meet a young group of hikers in southern California due to illness from extreme heat exposure.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department said the hike was not the best idea with temperatures in the Santa Monica Mountains soaring up to 103 degrees.

"But it apparently didn't deter a group of approximately 40 youths with a counselor who decided to go on a hike in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains not far from the landmark Hollywood sign," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said Tuesday.

Humphrey said it was not clear what group the hikers were affiliated with, "but they apparently didn't take the fire department's warning about heat illness."

Though no one was seriously hurt, Humphrey said nearly 40 children suffered some, "mild to moderate effects of ill heat."

Tuesday marks the ninth day in row parts of Southern California are roasting at over 100 degrees.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Weather Hampers Search for Missing Mt. Rainier Hikers

Purestock/Getty Images(SEATTLE) –- An unprecedented winter storm that is hammering the Pacific Northwest coast with freezing rain and heavy snow has hampered the search for four hikers missing from Washington’s Mount Rainier Park.

Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego, and Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta, were supposed to return Sunday from a camping trip on the Muir Snowfield, about 10,000 feet up, but have not been heard from in days. The pair’s car was found in a parking lot about halfway up the mountain, according to Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold.

Mount Rainier is about 70 miles southeast of Seattle, which was battered by snow and ice on Wednesday.  Mount Rainier was hit with snow over the weekend as temperatures continued to hover well below freezing.

A team of 10 Park Service staff set out today to travel the same route Vucich and Trojanowski would have taken, Wold said.

On Tuesday, the team was only able to conduct a limited search after conditions of zero visibility and 100 mph winds hampered their efforts.

Meanwhile, two other climbers, an unidentified couple from Springfield, Ore., also remain missing after failing to return Monday from a summit attempt on the Disappointment Cleaver route.

Park officials believe both pairs of climbers chose to ride out the storm and wait for conditions to clear before returning.  All four are thought to be well-equipped with tents, sleeping bags and other cold weather gear.

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