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Volunteers + Deputies Assist Two Lost Hikers Close to Soboba Hot Springs

A call for help was received by deputies based at the Hemet Station at 6:32 p.m. Saturday, a sheriff's sergeant said.

A helicopter crew and mountain-trained volunteers assisted two hikers who got lost Saturday evening near Soboba Hot Springs in the west foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Deputies based at the Hemet Station received a call for help at 6:32 p.m. Saturday and responded to an area near Lake Park Drive and Soboba Road, Sgt. Jim Wilson of the sheriff's Hemet Station said in a statement.

"Deputies checked the area by helicopter and located the stranded hikers," Wilson said. "Members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit were called out, and with the assistance of the aviation unit, rescued the hikers and returned them to safety."

The hikers were not injured and they did not require medical attention.

Their names were not released. Wilson identified them as residents of Riverside County.

Anyone with more information was urged to call Wilson at the Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400.

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