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Missing officer among 3 hikers found safe

October 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A San Bernardino police officer and two friends missing for three days in Kings Canyon National Park are home safe.Officer Lanier Rogers and brothers Jordan and Jacob Zeman set out on the 65 mile hiking trip last week.

On Monday, their families reported them missing.

Park officials found them on Thursday afternoon, with the help of a park helicopter.

The men told rescuers they had become stranded on a ledge above a waterfall.

That waterfall is just a quarter mile from the village of Cedar Grove.

The men say they ate ants because they were nearly out of food. All three were said to be in good condition, although they were very hungry.

There's no word on how the three got lost.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.