Cleburne rescue team finds 11 hikers lost in Cheaha park
by Laura Camper
Nov 13, 2013 | 3573 views |  0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleburne County Search and Rescue found 11 Chambers County residents — four adults and seven children — lost in Cheaha State Park on Sunday.

Rescue Chief Kyle Yancy said he received the call about 5:15 p.m. He was able to contact the people in the forest by cell phone to find their approximate location, Yancy said.

The group had been out hiking since about 10 a.m. and had gotten lost when they went off the trail, Yancy said. According to the chief, it was too dark to find their way out when they got back on the trail.

“They were headed in the right direction, but their flashlight died and the other was dim,” Yancy said.

According to Yancy, one of the adults in the hiking party had sprained an ankle and so the group was moving slowly.

Yancy told the party to stay on the trail and wait for help to arrive. A three-man search team went into the park at the Cave Creek Trailhead, taking about 25 minutes to find the hikers and another 45 minutes to help them out of the forest, Yancy said.

“They were a little cold, a little thirsty and a bit scared,” Yancy said.

An emergency medical technician treated two of the adults for minor injuries including the sprained ankle, and the hikers were able to leave by 7:15 p.m., Yancy said.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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