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Hikers Are Thrilled To Be Home


LEAVE, STU MUNDEL BACK TO YOU TWO. I UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS WITH THAT. 2 HIKERS GLAD TO BE BACK. AFTER 4 DAYS IN WILDERNESS, WE HEAR FROM SEARCH TEAM AND RESCUE TEAM THAT FOUND THEM, AND GOT THEM BACK HOME. SUZIE: JUST THEY WERE FOUND AT DETERMINE OF CUCAMONGA CANYON IN THE SHADOW. OF CUCAMONGA PEAK, NICOLE COMSTOCK WITH T TIME. REPORTER: WE SPOKE WITH THREE GUYS THAT FOUND THAT ONE CLUE THAT LED TO TWO HIKERS WHO WERE MISSING FOR 5 DAYS, THEY TOLD US THEY TO FIND THE CLUE IF NOT FOR HOURS OF OTHER RESCUE CREWS THAT DEVOTED THEIR TIME TO THIS. HELICOPTER HOVERED BETWEEN TWO 25-FOOT WATERFALLS IN DARK, ROTOR BLADE SPINNING 10 FIGHT FROM SPREES AND ROCKS, BUT HOURS BEFORE. I NOTICED A CLEARLY MARKED FOOTPRINT. REPORTER: ALLEN FOUND A SINGLE FOOT PRINT IN THE DIRT. HIS TEAM OF THREE FOLLOWED IT, A SECOND SET. THIS LED TO THE HIKERS WHO WERE MISSING FOR 5 NIGHTS. MOMENT WE FOUND OUT, WE GOT CONFIRMATION IT WAS THIS YES, KIND OF THING, ALL RIGHT WE DID IT. I WAS CERTAIN WE WOULD FIND THEM, WE KIND OF HAD AN IDEA. TO GET TO WHERE THEY WOULD BE ALIVE AND RAG RAG — RATIONING FOOD AND WATER, THEY SPEND 9 HOURS, HEAVING OVER 50 POUNDS OF GEAR ON A DANGEROUS OFF TRAIL HIKE. THIS WAS LIKE ONE BIG GAPING HOLE THAT NO ONE HAD COVERED YET. THEY HAD TO USE — TO GET THROUGH SHEETS OF SNOW. CAREFUL WHERE YOU PUT YOUR FEET. REPORTER: 300 FEET OF ROPE TO NAVIGATE COAL WATER PALMS IN WET SUITS. WET SUITS WERE FOR COMFORT. THEY DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH THE COUPLE. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO BE FOUND. THEY REUNITED WITH FAMILY, GABRIELLE’S MOTHER HAD A MESSAGE FOR THEM. THANKFULNESS, YOU KNOW. ALLEN AND TYSON, SAY IT WAS WORTH EVERY PAINSTAKING EFFORT TO HELP SAFE THEIR LIVES. THAT IS WHAT WE’ TO DO IS SERVE COMMUNITY AROUND US, WE’RE VOLUNTEERS. REPORTER: YOU CAN SEE YOUR TYPICAL HUMBLE HEROES, IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SIMILAR POSITION, WHERE EITHER NOT SAFE ENOUGH TO HIKE OUT OF THAT AREA OR YOU JUST GET LOST BEST THING TO DO IS STAY PUT, AND WAIT FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS TO FIND YOU, THEY MADE SMART DECISIONS OUT THERE.

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