Two brothers from Rolling Hills Estates were rescued Saturday afternoon after they were reported stranded atop Mount Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau sent Monday evening.
The 17- and 22-year-old brothers, identified only by their ages and hometown, were spotted by a sheriff's helicopter from the Antelope Valley Search and Rescue Team, which contacted the Los Angeles County Fire Department's rescue helicopter, according to the news release. The LACoFD helicopter picked up the stranded hikers and took them to the LASD Search and Rescue Training Facility in Wrightwood.
Search and Rescue team members provided initial first aid treatment to one of the hikers, who was reportedly suffering from symptoms of hypothermia. He was later released.
"These hikers were very lucky," said LASD Search and Rescue Commander John Johnston. "Had the call come in an hour later, the sun would have gone down and the temperature would have dropped. Depending on the circumstances, the rescue helicopter may not have been able to fly due to the inclement weather. We would have had to hike in and out, which would have taken a considerable amount of time."
This was the eighth rescue this month for the Antelope Valley Search and Rescue Team.