Deputies conduct search for hungry, thirsty teens stuck on Mt. Lemmon
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A group of young campers called for help after running out of food and water while on a camping trip to Mt. Lemmon.
Search and Rescue deputies were asked to assist Pinal County deputies after someone called to report that several teenage boys were stuck on Mt. Lemmon, according to Monica Torralba with the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
The boys, all between the ages of 17 and 18-years-old were on a camping trip together, Torralba says. The trip was scheduled for December 27 to December 29. Pinal County Sheriff's Department was contacted Sunday, December 30 when one of the boys called home to say the group was out of food and water.
Torralba tells KGUN9 that the boy who called home had hiked to the Mt. Lemmon Observatory from the Lemmon Trail to get a cell signal.
Deputies hiked in to rescue the boys and found all of them to be in good condition. They have all been reunited with their families.
Torralba wants to stress that all hikers should have a plan before they set out and they should always bring plenty of food and water. She also says to carry a map or GPS, extra clothing and batteries and a flash light.