Hikers found safe after getting lost overnight in Haw River

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Haw River, Alamance County

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A group of six hikers were found safe after being lost overnight in the Haw River area.

Deputies say four adult men and two 10-year-old boys set out on a hike around 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. The group told deputies they thought it would be a two hour adventure, but it turned into a six and a half hour trek in the dark.

None of the hikers had their phones or wallets with them as they hiked through the river for about  five and a half miles on slippery rocks in the dark.

The missing hikers were found about 1 a.m., just 15 minutes after a search team in a helicopter was sent out.

Deputies say the group spotted a light tower which had been put up as part of the search.

Everyone in the group was checked out by EMS. No injuries were reported.