SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Marion County sheriff’s office says two Silverton, Ore., hikers have been rescued after spending an unexpected night in the woods.
Spokesman Don Thomson says 18-year-old Joshua Rogers and 20-year-old Steven Vaughn set out Tuesday evening for a hike. Relatives contacted the sheriff’s office early Wednesday when they hadn’t returned home.
The hikers had cell phones but were unable to provide details of where they were and eventually their phone batteries went dead.
At daylight Wednesday, a county search and rescue crew, assisted by the hikers’ family and friends, began searching and found their vehicle. Vaughn’s father eventually heard his son yelling for help but couldn’t reach him in the dense terrain.
Rescue searchers reached the hikers shortly before noon Wednesday and brought them out.
The hikers say Rogers sprained his ankle, which delayed them. They refused medical treatment.