(LOS ANGELES) — A group of hikers who went missing Sunday night in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains have all been found.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said the hikers were part of a church group that set out in Eaton Canyon and were reported missing after nightfall.
All have been accounted for after they were found by a helicopter crew Monday morning.
LASD Deputy Johnie Jones said a medic was lifted in but there were no serious injuries.
“Once they lowered the medic down, they started lifting them out of there,” said Jones.
Annajancy Armenta’s sister- and brother-in-law were among those stranded. She said the group had been doing this for several years, and was well prepared with helmets and climbing gear.
“They came with food. They came with water. They had harnesses and everything,” she said.
One member of the group had a minor injury, according to Armenta, so the entire group made a shelter and decided to stay the night.
Armenta said the group wasn’t able to notify anybody of their plans to stay the night due to poor cell service in the area.
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