Lost hikers rescued on Larch Mountain

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by By FRANK MUNGEAM / KGW.com

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 25 at 4:20 PM

LARCH MOUNTAIN, Ore. - Two men lost overnight near Larch Mountain have been located and are safe.

The men are now safely off the mountain after a search that lasted more than five hours.

Tuesday afternoon, two men in their 20's - one from Canby, the other from Portland - went for a day hike up Larch Mountain, parking their cars at the Multnomah Falls Lodge area.

At around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night, they called 9-1-1 to report that they were lost.

Rescue crews responded and tried to zone in on their locations using the signal from the hikers' cell phones.

There's still 3-5 feet of snow in the area, and the men were dressed lightly. Rescuers say they were not prepared to be outside at night.

"Based on the fact that they had t-shirts and shorts and weren't equipped for snow; for staying out - obviously we started a rescue immediately," said Deputy Eric Gustafson with the Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office.

The two men were located just after 2 a.m., and taken off the mountain by snowmobile.

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