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Two hikers went missing in the snowy California mountains and after five days, rescuers spotted two pairs of footprints.
Eric Desplinter, 33, and Gabrielle Wallace, 31, who went missing in the California mountains, were found alive in California’s San Gabriel Mountains after five days.
After spotting two sets of footprints in Cucamonga Canyon, a helicopter crew found Desplinter and Wallace around a campfire.
“The search team alerted the command post and provided coordinates for the Sheriff’s helicopter, 40King, to fly over the area. The aviation crew spotted a campfire and could see two subjects and believed they were the two missing hikers,” Officials said.
“We just lost the trail,” Desplinter told KCBS-TV.
“We had a little bit of a slip going to the peak of Cucamonga Peak and decided we wouldn’t go back up the ice and snow, so we tried to descend through a valley, but that valley was more treacherous than we thought.”
“We’re both perfectly fine, no serious injuries. Thank you to all the volunteers that were helping look for us, we’re very grateful to be found tonight. I’m ready to get to bed and get some rest.”
They survived by rationing food and making a campfire to keep themselves warm.
Sheriff John McMahon said:
“Volunteers are a real blessing to our agencies, providing thousands of hours giving back to make our communities better and stronger.”
“This is a perfect example of their commitment.”
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