After going on an Easter hike in Falls Canyon on March 31, two California teenagers went missing after they were separated from each other. Miraculously, both hikers were found and rescued several days later! Keep reading for all the details.
On March 31, Kyndall Jack, 18, and Nicolas Cendoya, 19, got lost on what was supposed to be an easy and short hike through Falls Canyon in Cleveland National Forest. When the pair realized they were lost, they were able to make a 911 call from a dying cell phone, but ultimately ended up getting separated from each other in the California wilderness.
California Hikers Rescued In Canyon
On April 3, Nicolas was found shoeless and severely dehydrated on a steep hill about half a mile from where the couple’s car was parked. He was immediately transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he was treated for his dehydrating and cuts and bruises.
Kyndall wasn’t discovered until April 4 when searchers heard her screams. “She was kind of clinging to the ledge on the cliff side, kind of going in and out of consciousness,” LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Moss said.
“We climbed up to her and could see she was in a lot of pain, obviously completely dehydrated and very weak,” the deputy explained. “She wouldn’t have made it much longer. She’s really lucky.”
“We started to close in. We heard the voice from all our ground crews and surrounded it and made contact with her,” Orange County Sherriff’s Lt. Jason Park said. “It was very difficult to extract her.”
Rescuers used a harness to lift Kyndall from the cliff into the helicopter, and she was flown to the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center. Kyndall, extremely confused and disoriented, couldn’t even remember that she had gone hiking. The hiker suffered from dehydration, low blood pressure, shortness of breath, and pain in her arms and legs. After being treated, she is currently listed as in good condition.
A reserve deputy, who helped rescue Kyndall, was injured when he fell 60 feet down the canyon. He was also taken to the hospital to be treated for a head injury, but his condition has not been released.
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— Jenny Pickard