4 rescued after spending night trapped on Mount Baldy ledge
Aug. 09, 2017
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — San Bernardino County authorities have rescued four men who spent a night trapped on Mount Baldy while trying to reach the top of three mountains in 24 hours.
The Sheriff's Department says the hikers mistakenly left a trail Sunday night and got stuck on a ledge 9,500 feet up.
They called for help shortly before midnight. Rescuers using GPS located them, but high winds prevented a helicopter rescue for some nine hours.
A search-and-rescue team hiked in and made sure the men wouldn't fall down the slope until a helicopter was finally able to lower a hoist and retrieve them Monday morning.
The men, all in their 20s, had hiked Mount San Jacinto and were trying to hike Baldy and Mount San Gorgonio as well in a 24-hour period.