4 SoCal hikers saved after being trapped overnight

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Posted: Dec 13, 2009 11:16 PM

Three men and an 11-year-old boy have been rescued by helicopter after being stranded overnight in a Pasadena-area Canyon.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Phil Barth says the four hikers rescued from Eaton Canyon Sunday were "cold and shaken, but otherwise unharmed." They were trapped by what authorities say was a "torrent of water and debris flow" brought by a weekend storm.

Barth says the group became trapped at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and called for help on his cell phone, but the group was in such a dangerous position that rescuers had to wait until the rain subsided to get them out.

Barth says when the sun rose a helicopter was able to get close and hoist them out.

The three men were a 43-year-old and two 18-year-olds.