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Responders help hikers lost in monument overnight

Created: 09/05/2014 1:05 PM
By: Associated Press

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Personnel from Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Fire Department help six hikers forced to make an unplanned overnight stay in a remote area of the northern New Mexico park.

Monument officials say the three adults and three children ages 4-7 decided late Monday they were lost after hiking up a canyon to a spot later determined to be six miles from the visitor center.

The hikers used a cellphone to call 911, but the connection was bad and it took hours for rangers to locate the group at approximately 3 a.m.

Fire Department personnel joined up and helped walk the hikers out of the area and to their vehicles at a trailhead.

Chie Ranger Tom Betts says it helped that the group stayed together in one place.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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