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Missing hikers found in Painted Canyon area near Mecca

By Tom Tucker, CBS Local 2 Morning Anchor, thomas.tucker@cbslocal2.com
Published On: Dec 03 2012 10:58:13 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 03 2012 05:00:00 AM CST

THERMAL, Calif. -

A group of hikers reported lost in the Painted Canyon  area east of Mecca were found Sunday by a Riverside County sheriff's Search and  Rescue Team, sheriff's officials said.

The four adults and three children began hiking at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and  lost their way, according to a written sheriff's department statement.

They climbed to a high ridge and used a cellphone to call for help.

A California Highway Patrol fixed wing aircraft spotted them and helped keep tabs on the lost hikers.

By the time the volunteer search team responded to the scene at 3:24  p.m., the hikers had made it out on their own, officials said.