Two Hikers Airlifted to Safety in Griffith Park

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter Sunday airlifted to safety two hikers who became stranded in a remote part of Griffith Park, officials said.

The man and woman, who were not identified, were uninjured, Griffith Park Ranger Josh Ornelas said.

The two called for help on a cellphone after leaving a marked trail in the late afternoon and ending up on a steep hillside near Dante’s View, Ornelas said.

The LAFD tracked their location through the phone’s GPS and the helicopter reached them before nightfall, he added.

LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said the hikers were hoisted into the copter with a cable and harness and flown to a park helipad.

-Los Angeles Times

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  • ThatGuy

    Wow, will they be invoiced for that service? You mean I can go for a long, secluded hike off the main trail, and when I'm tired I can call for that same air-taxi? I Love L.A.!!! :-D

  • Cheri

    I hope they get ticketed for going off trail and charged the cost of the rescue. I don't have a clue how they could get lost at Dante's View. Just look down at the city and walk down.

  • kindlady1

    What morons would leave a marked trail. They asked for it! I hope they get a hefty bill from LAFD. Amateur hikers no doubt. You never leave a trail and how difficult could it be to get lost in Griffith Park? It's in the middle of the city, wusey wimps, calling for help. Must have lived on the East Coast for a long time. Why didn't they just turn around and reverse the trail and go back the way they came?

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  • J Wells

    Actually this rescue mission didn't cost the taxpayers additional flying time because the 'copter was already in the area dumping food and medical supplies to the mellow homeless who reside in remote areas of the park and surrounding hills to avoid being hassled by the cops or preyed upon by the more aggressive homeless on the streets.