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Rescued Hiker In California Mountains Speaks

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/8/2013

Two teens went hiking in Southern California on Easter Sunday and were stranded for several days until rescuers found them. Now one of the teens is talking about his experience. Andrew Spencer has the details. "It was honestly like the best-craziest experience of my entire life," says Nicholas Cendoya. Cendoya is still in awe as he recalls the rescue that he says saved his life. Cendoya and his friend, Kyndall Jack, got lost last Sunday on a hike through the Santa Anna Mountains. They called the sheriff's department, nut the call was lost when the phone died. After a search over several days through dense brush, authorities found Cendoya Wednesday evening, dehydrated and bruised from a fall, but alive. Jack was nowhere in sight. Cendoya thinks they were separated after they reached the top of the mountain, but doesn't remember how. "I can't tell you. That's when -- 'cause I -- now that they've told me I've suffered a trauma, I guess, maybe I fell.  And maybe we both fell and we just split ways, or maybe I fell and she thought I was dead," he said. Kyndall Jack was found the next day clinging to a cliff. Authorities say she was weak and losing consciousness. CNN affiliate KTLA says she was taken to a local hospital and treated for dehydration and hypothermia. As for Nicolas, he says he's learned a lesson. "Definitely bring a compass, water, tell people where you're going.  Bring a map. I think the number one thing is to tell people exactly where you're going," he said. Kyndall Jack is expected to be OK. During Nicholas Cendoya's rescue, a volunteer worker fell 60 feet and suffered head trauma. He's also expected to be OK.  

   
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