H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Nov 23, 2013 8:20 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Two overdue hikers found safe near New Cuyama area

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says two overdue hikers were found safe Saturday morning in the New Cuyama area.

At about 7:00 p.m. Friday, a woman called the Sheriff's Office to tell them her husband and his friend hadn't returned from a day hike near McPherson Peak.

Deputies went to Aliso Park, which is about five miles southwest of New Cuyama, and found a car that belonged to the two men. Deputies searched the area, but weren't able to find the men. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team also arrived at the scene to help look for the hikers. Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 2 helped as well, but they had to stop because it started to snow.

Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers searched throughout the night, and at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, they found the men. The hikers were uninjured, and they were on a slope in deep brush. Paramedics say the hikers were in good shape even though they spent the night in near freezing temperatures.

The hikers say they went off the trail to make up some time, but they ended up getting lost in an area of thick brush. They didn't have any overnight equipment.

The hikers were air-lifted out of the area because the terrain was rough.

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