Deputies Rescue Hikers Lost Near Potrero

The two hikers told deputies they had been walking all night

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Updated 10:48 AM PDT
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Deputies Rescue Hikers Lost Near Potrero

The area where the hikers lost their way.

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Two hikers who said they were lost after hiking all night were rescued out of the East County Tuesday.

San Diego County sheriff’s deputies located the hikers near Potrero and State Route 94.

Deputies said the hikers called and asked for help around 6:30 a.m. after they became confused about their location.

They told deputies they had hiked for approximately 18 miles and had been moving all night.

The heat felt around the county was present in the area where the hikers were lost.

NBC 7’s meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said the area recorded anywhere from 98 to 100 degrees Monday afternoon. Temperatures dropped to a low of 53 degrees overnight and jumped back up to the low 80s by 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Ed. Note: An earlier version of this article showed images and video of a helicopter rescue. We now know that the person airlifted was a Chula Vista-based U.S. Border Patrol agent.

The agent was on patrol in Copper Canyon when he lost his footing and fell 15 feet down the canyon.

He suffered injuries to his wrist, leg and head. 

The image of the rescue is posted to the right.

We regret the error.

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