Two missing teenage hikers were rescued in the Malibu mountains in conditions of near zero visibility, authorities said today.
The hikers, 18-year-old Chris Epperson of West Hills and 17-year-old Kierra Sewell of Chatsworth had set out to hike into Newton Canyon with their dog around 3 p.m. Thursday, Malibu Search and Rescue Captain David Katz said.
Around 6 p.m., with the weather turning cold and wet, the couple realized they were lost and called a parent, Katz said.
With their cell phones out of charge, and a low fog ceiling grounding a search helicopter, searchers began looking for the teens several miles from where their hike began, at the Newton Canyon trailhead, Katz said.
Katz said rescuers drove an SUV along a fire road with visibility reduced to 15 feet, sounding its horn and siren. When the teens heard the vehicle, they stopped and waited for it.
The teens were found around 9 p.m. Thursday after an hour-long search and were not injured, authorities said.
"The hikers and their dog were wet and very cold, but very happy to be rescued," Katz said. "They were loaded into a warm rescue vehicle and driven to their initial location where their vehicle was parked and their family was waiting for word on their condition.
--City News Service
Penny Arévalo contributed to this report.