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Santee Sheriff’s deputies were called upon to employ a Search and Rescue team along with a department helicopter over the weekend in the rescue of a pair of hikers who became lost on El Cajon Mountain, which actually sits to the northeast of Lakeside near the El Capitan Reservoir.

The hikers said in an emergency phone call that they were “lost, cold, wet, and unprepared” for Friday afternoon’s rain showers.

A first pass with the helicopter determined on which side of the mountain the pair were located, but weather conditions prevented visual contact. At this point the Search and Rescue team was deployed. Once the rain cleared, the helicopter was able to spot the two in a largely inaccessible ravine, and the hikers were airlifted to safety.

The female, shaking uncontrollably, was transported to Grossmont Hospital due to weather exposure. The male was given a ride to his car.

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Javajoe25 Dec. 17, 2012 @ 8:42 a.m.

You can tell these folks were never Boy Scouts--"Be Prepared" people! They're just lucky they got lost in a place where they could still get a cell phone signal.

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Visduh Dec. 17, 2012 @ 8:05 p.m.

The outcome was better than a tragedy for an unprepared hiker or two. But I have a real puzzle with folks who can get out too far from the car without adequate clothing and/or cover before they realize that it is time to head back. They definitely lacked for preparation and savvy. Too bad that the vast areas of East County become a danger zone to city dwellers, rather than a refuge from urban woes. But maybe I'm not qualified to comment: I've backpacked into alpine areas where it rained for over a full day while I waited it out in a tent, and I've hunted elk in an Idaho snowstorm. Let's cut those hikers some slack and hope they learned something about how to "Be Prepared."

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Javajoe25 Dec. 17, 2012 @ 8:43 p.m.

Yea; the one thing they will gain from this experience (hopefully) is wisdom. That should keep them out of trouble in the future.

I've done some hiking in Idaho. Up in the panhandle. Was going to camp out in my small tent but then I came across the carcass of a half-eaten elk and realized there were grizzlies in the neighborhood so I moved on. Beautiful country though.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 18, 2012 @ 12:27 p.m.

People who go out unprepared are just ignorant of the potential harm, if they knew the potential harm they would never go unprepared.

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