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Busy Sunday for Search and Rescue

Authorities Assist Four Troubled Hikers in Two Separate Incidents


Several hikers were assisted on Sunday, August 8, by search and rescue teams during two separate incidents, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Three young hikers in Mission Canyon were on their way to the Seven Falls area during midday when they reported heat-related injuries and dehydration. Santa Barbara Search and Rescue, County Fire, U.S. Forest Service, and AMR paramedics were sent in response to the call, and the hikers were rescued by helicopter.

All three were treated for dehydration, and two were released while one was admitted to Cottage Hospital for further evaluation. The three hikers are not the only ones to require rescue in Mission Canyon. Of the eight trail rescues conducted in the county since April, including the two on Sunday, five have reportedly been in Mission Canyon.

Rattlesnake Canyon was the site of a rescue on Sunday as well. Just after the assistance of the dehydrated hikers, a woman in her mid-30s reported being lost after wandering off the beaten track. She was found by the same helicopter used earlier, and was flown back to her car. The woman was unharmed.

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