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Rescuers search for off-trail hikers near Gold Bar

Published On: Aug 26 2013 04:48:49 PM CDT
GOLD BAR, Wash. -

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says rescuers are searching for three experienced hikers who went off-trail east of Gold Bar.

Deputies say a woman called 911 late Sunday night to report that her 52-year-old husband, their son and one of his friends hadn't returned home as scheduled.

Search and rescue personnel and volunteers, along with a sheriff's office helicopter, headed out at about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Their vehicle was found at the Trout Creek Trail about two hours later.

The sheriff's office says officials are working with a cell phone service provider to try to pinpoint their location.

In a separate incident Monday morning, Snohomish County rescue crews came to the aid to a woman in her 50s who injured her knee in a fall along the Pacific Crest Trail. The woman activated a personal locator beacon monitored by a private company because she knew she wouldn't be able to hike out, and a sheriff's office helicopter picked her up near Mica Lake.

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