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Five hikers who got lost overnight in the Four Peaks area were rescued by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit on Monday, officials said.
The group was hiking northeast of the Phoenix area on Sunday when they got lost and ran out of food and water, Sheriff’s Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez said.
The group ended up staying in the mountain area overnight and was able to contact MCSO around 6 a.m.
A helicopter dropped water packs to the hikers Monday morning, Enriquez said.
A rescue helicopter could not land on the mountainous terrain, so MCSO Search and Rescue hiked two miles to reach rthem. Search and Rescue began its hike just after 12:30 p.m., Enriquez said.
Search and Rescue found the hikers and took them to a safe landing spot for a helicopter.
All five hikers were confirmed to be safe and off of Four Peaks by 8 p.m.
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