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Two hikers rescued from Sylmar canyon

February 25, 2010 |  8:50 am

Two male hikers stranded overnight in a canyon north of Sylmar were rescued early Thursday morning after a nine-hour search in drizzle and steep terrain.

Jaro Correa and Juna Correa, who are in their 20s, hiked into the canyon early Wednesday afternoon and became stranded in the rugged terrain about two miles northeast of Olive View Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities received a 911 call about 6 p.m., and Los Angeles Fire Department ground crews began hiking into the steep terrain as darkness descended, said Brian Humphrey, a Fire Department spokesman.

After searching in the dark for 2 1/2 hours, rescue crews spotted the hikers. They were not hurt, Humphrey said.

The weather and terrain posed challenges for the rescue, Humphrey said. A low cloud ceiling did not allow for a helicopter to fly in, he said.

The department called for help from the Montrose search and rescue team about 10 p.m. The men were rescued about 3 a.m. and were able to walk out of the canyon, sheriff's officials said.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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