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Vacation Stories from Los Angeles: Search & Rescue

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Yesterday, two men visiting Los Angeles took a hike in Griffith Park and before they knew it, it was dark. Probably not a place for night hiking if don't know your way around, especially with the constant tease of being within sight of the city lights below, but many cliff jumps away.

Eventually, they were on their cell phone with park rangers trying to find their way back to their car, but after some time, park rangers called the assistance of the Los Angeles Fire Department to help locate the men by high powered lights mounted on a helicopter.

The men were found unharmed, mid slope near Mineral Wells Trail, by the helicopter. Then came the fun part -- they got a free ride in the LAFD helicopter to an ambulance for a standard check up. Apparently, they were jazzed about the helicopter ride. Who wouldn't be? Sounds like a good story to tell friends when you get back home.

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LAFD Spokesman Brian Humphrey said there is a lesson to be learned about this in regards to personal safety when going hiking. The two men had a fully charged cell phone with them. Without it, they probably would have been found the next morning... alive and well with a hankering for some warm clothes and food.

Photo by Hamed Saber via Flickr