​Missing Hikers Found Disoriented Near Cave

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April 5, 2013

A couple of missing hikers have been found, one being a teenage girl that was found in a canyon, and the other missing hiker was a male companion who was disoriented in the Cleveland National Forest.

The girl was identified as Kyndall Jack, 18, who was located a day after her male companion, Nicholas Cendoya, had been rescued.

Jack was airlifted to University of California – Irvine hospital, where she was being treated for severe dehydration, authorities said.

“The most important thing is that she has been found and Nicholas has been found and they are well,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Park.

Kyndall and Cendoya disappeared Easter Sunday while hiking near Trabuco Canyon, California.

Jack was wearing shorts and was found clinging to the side of a steep cliff when reached by rescue crews. Her cries for help were heard by an Orange County reserve deputy, who had also been injured while taking part in the search for Jack.

Russ Jack, Kyndall’s father, told the Los Angeles Times that his daughter was unable to keep up with Cendoya as they attempted to make their way out of shoulder-high brush.

Cendoya, 19, was located by another hiker, who was not a part of the search efforts, in thick brush shortly before sundown Wednesday, officials said.

The missing hiker who spotted Cendoya went for help and found firefighters on an unrelated mission nearby. A helicopter brought Cendoya to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he was listed in serious condition.

Cendoya was located about a half-mile south of where much of the search had focused.

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