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Lost hikers rescued in western North Carolina


HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. — Two hikers lost in the Shining Rock Wilderness area in Haywood County were rescued Saturday evening.

Haywood County first responders began searching for the two hikers Friday after they called 911 for help, according to a North Carolina State Emergency Response Team press release.

Early Saturday morning, the hikers called 911 again and said they were able to start a small fire and they had found a makeshift shelter. The two men reported being very cold and completely out of food and water.

In addition to local rescue crews, five specially trained and equipped N.C. Emergency Management sponsored mountain rescue teams from across western North Carolina were called in to help due to the steep terrain, below freezing temperatures, snow and ice. With sub-zero temperatures expected, and chances of surviving another night very low, air resources were requested to help locate the men as the severe weather cleared the area.