SAN DIMAS (CBS) — Authorities hope to resume a search Thursday for four missing Orange County residents who were last seen hiking in the Angeles National Forest.

Bad weather conditions have limited searchers on the ground and air from finding the four, described as three men and one woman. Two of the men are from Lake Forest, one 34, the other 31. Another man, 33, hails from Orange. The lone female, 23, is from Costa Mesa.

The four were last seen Sunday before major storm systems moved into the San Gabriel mountain area.

Mountain rescue and helicopter personnel have been unable to get to the area where the hikers are believed to have taken refuge because of the poor weather and treacherous water and debris flows, said Deputy Lillian Peck of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

Weather permitting, a planned rescue operation involving two helicopters and a ground rescue team will be launched in the morning, Peck said.

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Comments (4)
  1. jmh says:

    They have been located and rescued, no thanks to San Dimas Sherrif Dept

  2. Adelle says:

    How stupid do you have to be to be hiking during a storm? Thanks a lot for wasting our tax money, you dopes! I hope you suffer a bit more before you’re rescued, and I hope they make you pay for the $$$ it cost to rescue you.

    1. mister s says:

      Id bet 100% of you people that come here and call the hikers stupid, never get your fat butts off the couch for any kind of activity at all.

    2. hannah says:

      …really adelle? do you really have to comment like that when they’re in a tragic situation like that?

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