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Hikers found alive in Devil's Canyon

August 30, 2011|By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com

Three men reported missing in the Angeles National Forest overnight Monday were found uninjured at about 8:35 a.m. today, authorities said.

The men were reported missing about 11 p.m. Monday, prompting an overnight search by crews from the Montrose and Sierra Madre search and rescue teams. A Los Angeles County sheriff's helicopter was also used to aid in the search effort.

Sheriff's Montrose Search and Rescue Team member Steve Goldsworthy said the men were found uninjured in the Devil's Canyon area of Angeles National Forest.

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Two of the men, ages 32 and 45, were from Los Angeles, the other, 50, from Torrance, Goldsworthy said.

Family members were able to tell authorities of the men's hiking plan, which aided in the search effort, he added.

"It’s a very rugged area," Goldsworthy said. "They call it Devil's Canyon for a reason."

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