Hikers rescued after spending the night stranded in Superstition Mountains

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APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Three hikers were rescued Wednesday morning after spending the night in the Superstition Mountains. 

Rescue crews from DPS and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office were initially called out Tuesday evening to assist with a search for a 74-year-old man in distress and suffering from exhaustion.

Rangers located the man and two other hikers below the Flat Iron Mesa, but crews were unable to conduct a "hoist rescue" because of low light conditions.

A trooper-paramedic established contact with the hiker and determined that it would be safer to extract him at first light Wednesday morning.

A total of six additional ground searchers were sent in to spend the night and to help with the extraction at first light.

On Wednesday morning, the elderly male and two additional hikers who were with him were brought out to safety.

The second hiker, who was 70, was also suffering from exhaustion and couldn’t walk out.

The third hiker was able to hike out walk out with assistance from PCSO SAR volunteers.

The DPS crew also safely extracted the ground team that was sent in the night before.

PCSO says the hikers refused medical attention from Superstition Fire, and they were released.

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