Hikers Found Safe in Big Bear Talk About Ordeal

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BIG BEAR, Calif. (KTLA) — Three hikers who were missing for several days in Big Bear talked to KTLA about how they survived until being found safe Tuesday morning.


The men were reported missing after they failed to return from a hike on Saturday.

David Yoder, 43, Ryan Shankles, 41, and Miguel De La Torre, all of Oceanside, had been missing since Saturday.

Shankles said he and his friends never lost hope, even after a search helicopter flew overhead on Monday but did not see them.

“Today you know we woke up early and just set out, we built a bigger bonfire pit on top of a better lookout.” Shankles said.

The men were located by a sheriff’s patrol helicopter around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Northfork Meadows, close to Mineshaft Campground, according to a news release.

All three appeared to be in good condition and were reunited with their families.

The men had set out on a day hike Saturday morning on Fish Creek Trail, which goes to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio.

A fourth friend started the hike, but decided to turn back after a few hours.

When the trio didn’t come back to their camp Saturday night, that friend notified authorities.

Yoder told KTLA the three lost hikers followed a water line and rationed their food until rescuers could find them.

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