Crews rescue students stranded on Humphreys Peak

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 6:40 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Crews rescued two college students who were stranded on Humphreys Peak in northern Arizona during a hike.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says the two Northern Arizona University students were rescued at 11,750 feet Sunday night after they encountered high winds that prompted them to leave the trail they were on.

The hikers didn't have sufficient clothing or equipment for the hike.

Along the way, the hikers encountered deep snow and became disoriented, so they called 911 on a cell phone.

A helicopter that was unable to land because of high winds had instead dropped bags of warm clothes, food and water to the pair.

Crews on the ground then managed to reach the two students.

The students refused medical treatment.

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