Students at Downey High School staff rescued after being stranded during Mt. Baldy hike
Rescuers hoisted a group of 15 students and staff from Downey High School to safety after becoming stranded on Mount Baldy, including two teenagers who got lost and spent the night on the mountain, have officials announced Tuesday.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, about 51 students from the high school football and lacrosse teams, along with a teacher and two coaches, ventured out for a group hike up Mount Baldy starting at 9 a.m. Monday morning.
After hiking the Devils Backbone and Ski Hut trails, they split into several groups. In the evening, many students regained their vehicles and left, but the remaining hikers were unable to exit the area safely, according to a press release from the sheriff.
At around 7 p.m., they called first responders for help. The sheriff’s aircrews flew to the mountain and managed to rescue 10 students and three adults from out of the area.
However, MPs learned during the rescue that two hikers were missing, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, the statement said.
Teams began to comb the mountain by land and air, with volunteers remaining at the scene overnight to search for the couple in the area. The teens were located around 8:40 a.m. and airlifted to safety, the sheriff’s department said.
No further details of the incident were provided.
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