Sunday, November 29 , 2015, 1:26 pm | Fair 64º

Rescuers Help Hikers Lost on Tunnel Trail

By Michelle Nelson, Noozhawk Managing Editor | @NoozhawkNews |

Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue volunteers were called out Monday to help a male and female in their early 20s after they got lost while hiking in the Tunnel Trail/Seven Falls area of Santa Barbara.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Mark Williams said one of the hikers, both Santa Barbara residents, had suffered an ankle injury.

Emergency dispatchers received a call from the lost pair about 7 p.m., according to Williams.

He said that while hiking back down the mountain from Cathedral Peak, the hikers became lost and were unable to find the trail that runs along the ridge above Seven Falls. He said the female hurt her ankle while attempting to navigate in the dark.

Search & Rescue volunteers, along with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, located the hikers about 8:15 p.m. above the first pools of Seven Falls, according to Williams.

He said the pair were helped down the trail and back to their vehicle at the Tunnel Road trailhead, where they were evaluated and released by medical personnel.

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» on 11.14.12 @ 11:05 AM

Ah. Cathedral Peak, again. It should be renamed The Fool Magnet.

» on 11.14.12 @ 01:24 PM

It seems as if there are “rescues” of lost hikers several times a week. Perhaps improved signage, at least at the trail heads, is warranted?

» on 11.14.12 @ 04:17 PM

I don’t agree. I don’t like the signs, plaques, number posts, etc. that already seem to be reproducing like rabbits in our front country. They are a blight on the view.

I am confident that the advent of cell phones has greatly increased the wandering range and foolishness of many ordinary fools, and even if the signage was there, they would ignore it.

The only thing that will stop this nonsense is to hold a hearing after the rescue, and if it is found that the rescuees got into trouble by being foolish and irresponsible, slap them with a hefty fine.

» on 11.14.12 @ 07:30 PM

Rambler, You are right about that.
But, unfortunately, I don’t foresee our current government group initiating such a program even though it is the correct thing to do.

» on 11.15.12 @ 12:23 PM

I agree Rambler, How much does society have to protect people from themselves! IE the Cold Springs Bridge barrier… No flashlights? And we taxpayers have to pay for this rescue? That’s just wrong.

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