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Teens rescued after losing way on Lone Peak trail

Published April 6, 2012 10:19 am
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Two teens lost on a mountain overnight were rescued and reunited with their family Friday morning.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said a brother, 18, and his sister, 16, decided to hike up to Lone Peak from Corner Canyon in the Draper area on Thursday morning.

He said the teens reached the peak, but when they started down about 4 p.m. they couldn't find the trail and got lost.

The two found a creek and decided to follow it down the mountain, but the creek led them farther off the trail into heavy brush and into a ravine. Hoyal said the teens got wet and, as temperatures dropped, called for help about 10 p.m.

Authorities were able to track the teens' location using their cell phones and a helicopter, but it took hours for rescuers to reach them because the teens were so far off the trail, Hoyal said.

Rescuers reached them about 3:30 a.m. Friday and gave them water and warmed them up. By then it had started to snow. The teens were uninjured, but Hoyal said the incident is a good reminder for hikers to be prepared for any type of weather and to make sure they have extra liquids and know the trails.


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