Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
East County manhunt locates lost hikers
A group of 26 members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, San Diego Mountain Rescue Team, and the BORSTAR division of the Border Patrol were called out Saturday night to rescue two 23 year-old hikers who found themselves stranded in the rugged East County wilderness over the weekend.
The hikers called authorities around 9:30 on April 27 to report that they had become lost in thick brush west of Cuyamaca Peak in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park without food or water. With low clouds and fog preventing a helicopter from taking part in the search, team members were assembled around midnight at the Paso Picacho Campground and set off on foot.
Rescue workers located the two men at 4:45 Sunday morning, finding them hungry and thirsty but otherwise in good condition. After providing nourishment, the pair were guided out of the park.