An evening hike turned into a scary situation when three friends went hiking into the South Fork area of Lytle Creek on Tuesday.
The groups started hiking to a waterfall after 6:00 p.m., but the sun began to set and they became disoriented and hiked off-trail. They hiked into the dark forest going deeper and deeper in. One of the women though she had been bitten by an animal, but could not see because of the darkness. The three screamed for help as they continued to walk through the thick brush and steep terrain.
The group did not plan to spend the night in the forest so they did not have supplies with them. At around 1:30 a.m., a camper heard their screams and called 911. Brian Morris, one of the three hikers, was able to hike out to get help from the deputies. Rescue personnel, including Sheriff’s Aviation responded to conduct a hoist rescue. An extensive search was done and the two women were found on a steep mountain-side. One of the women was hanging onto a tree. The crew of Air Rescue 306 responded and hoisted the victims out of the mountains with a 170 ft. hoist.
The females were identified as Lexie Contreras, 23, and Evelyn Martinez, 37. Contreras and Martinez were transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.
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