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Two groups of lost hikers rescued within hours of each other from same area


March 28, 2017

THERMAL, Calif – On Sunday, March 26, at around 5:00 p.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff - Thermal Station responded to the Ladder Canyon area of Mecca Hills Wilderness regarding two lost hikers. Two females became lost and called 911 for assistance. A California Highway Patrol helicopter responded and located the hikers. The helicopter was able to land and safely rescue the hikers. The hikers, who are residents of Fontana, were evaluated by Cal-Fire and released.

Later that evening, around 7:17 p.m., deputies from the Thermal Sheriff’s Station again responded to the Mecca Hills area regarding six lost hikers. This time, two male adults, and four female adults, all from Running Springs, became lost and called 911 for assistance. A California Highway Patrol Helicopter responded and located the hikers. The helicopter was able to land and safely rescue the hikers. No one was injured.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind hiking enthusiasts to carry proper equipment for any outdoor excursions. Proper preparation includes a well thought-out travel plan shared with friends and family, as well as familiarity with common hiking equipment, such as GPS, maps and compasses.



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