As they were struggling to find their way out of the mountains, they fortunately stumbled into an area with cellular phone reception and called 911 around 4 a.m. Monday.
The /*Ventura County Sheriff's Department*/ sent search teams to the area. After searching for hours, rescuers located the hikers but could not reach them because the surrounding brush was so overgrown.
A helicopter was able to hoist the hikers up to safety. They were wet and cold but suffered no serious injuries.