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Teen hikers found safe, officials say

Posted: Updated: Oct 8, 2012 11:41 AM
The visitors center and main office at Caesars Head State Park. (Oct. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina) The visitors center and main office at Caesars Head State Park. (Oct. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials said two missing hikers were found safe after rescuers searched for them at Caesars Head State Park on Monday.

Director of Communications with South Carolina State Parks Marion Edmonds said two missing hikers were found safe in the area of the Asbury Hills Methodist Camp, which is off of U.S. 276 south of the main park entrance.

Edmonds said the 19-year-old couple was able to hike out on their own overnight following trails from Caesars Head to the camp.

About 10:30 p.m. the couple called 911 and park rangers along with rescue crews from Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue began searching for the teens until about 3:30 p.m. when they stopped, Edmonds said. They resumed searching Monday morning at daylight and continued until the couple turned up.

Rescuers covered more than 45 miles of park trails trying to find the couple and they do not believe the couple registered at the park, Edmonds said.

Edmonds said it was a "fortunate outcome" that they were found safe.

This time of year, Edmonds said it gets dark earlier than people expect especially on mountain trails where it can get dark an hour earlier than other locations. He said there are often several similar cases this time of year because hikers do not give themselves enough time to turn around before dark.

If someone is hiking and gets lost or it gets dark, Edmonds said it is safest to stay where they are to conserve energy and strength and wait for search crews.

Edmonds also encouraged hikers to always register so they can be found quickly if something goes wrong.

Caesars Head State Park is located along the North and South Carolina state lines in northern Greenville County.

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