MOUNT BALDY (CBSLA) — Two teenage hikers who had been missing on Mt. Baldy were found safe Tuesday.
The two teenagers were found by a search-and-rescue team at about 9 a.m. and were airlifted from the mountain.READ MORE: LA County Supervisor Signs Executive Order Requiring All County Employees Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19
The teens were among 51 students from Downey High school’s soccer and lacrosse teams, along with two coaches and a teacher, who hiked Devils Backbone and Ski Hut Trail before breaking up into several groups Monday morning, according to the San Bernardino County sheriff’s department.READ MORE: CBS2 Investigates: E. Coli Bacteria Levels In Echo Park Lake Higher Than State Water Quality Standards
A large group of the students eventually walked back to their vehicles and left the area. But at 7 p.m., several of the teenagers called for help and said they were unable to hike out safely, authorities said. During that rescue, 10 minors and three adults were airlifted from the mountain, but two hikers — a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy — remained unaccounted for.
Ground crews and the sheriff’s helicopter continued searching for the last two teenagers throughout the night. They were found at about 8:40 a.m. and airlifted to safety.MORE NEWS: Daily COVID Cases Top 3,700 In LA County; 12-Year-Old Child Among New Deaths
Authorities say both hikers appear to be OK.