Two teens hikers rescued by helicopter

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 7:00 AM

PHOENIX -- Two teens had to be rescued by helicopter after they got stranded on a trail at Echo Canyon Monday.

Fortunately one of the boys had a cell phone on him and was able to call for help.

Officials say they received a phone call at about 4 p.m., three hours after the boys took to the mountain.

Their names and ages haven't been released because they're minors.

Phoenix fire says the teens made it three-quarters of the way up the trail before they likely got dehydrated and made a wrong turn, finding themselves stuck in a rocky spot.

It's unknown how much water they had with them, but officials say it couldn't have been more than a 16-ounce water bottle -- not nearly enough for a hike in 100-plus degree heat.

After more than a dozen rescuers assessed the situation, they decided the teens wouldn't be able to make it down on foot. A police helicopter was brought in, and rescuers hiked up to it with the teens on mobile stretchers.

"It's good that they're young because they're healthy so they're able to survive a little longer," said Capt. Larry Nunez with Phoenix Fire. "But at the same time common sense need to kick in and say look, we are out of water, we shouldn't make this hike lets turn around," said Capt. Larry Nunez with Phoenix Fire.

The teens were taken by ground to local hospitals.

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