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Search team rescues five lost hikers near Summit Lake

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm with No Comments »
July 16, 2012 2:27 pm

A Pierce County sheriff’s search and rescue team escorted five lost hikers out of the mountains Sunday.

Five 18-year-old men set out Saturday for a day hike to Summit Lake in the Carbon River Road area. When they did not return from the five-mile trek, one of their mothers called for help.

Searchers found the hikers’ car at the trailhead and after one of them called home to say they were lost, the team launched a rescue effort Sunday afternoon.

They pinged the man’s cell phone to pin down a specific location and sent ground crews and search dogs to find the hikers.

About 9:30 p.m., volunteers found the men about eight miles from Summit Lake. They had holed up next to a creek off the Clearwater trail and waited to be rescued.

Since one of the men had somehow lost his shoes, searchers made makeshift footwear out of padding and other materials so he could walk out.

The hikers emerged from their overnight excursion about 3 a.m. today.

No one was injured.

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