Three hikers were rescued by helicopter Sunday after becoming lost in a remote wilderness area north of the Santa Ynez Valley, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
The hikers used a cell phone to place a 9-1-1 call at about 1:45 p.m., reporting that they were lost near Hurricane Deck in the San Rafael Wilderness, said Kelly Hoover, a department spokeswoman.
“The location is one of the most remote areas in Santa Barbara County,” Hoover said. “The three hikers had apparently missed a turn and became lost.”
Dispatchers were able to determine the trio’s position by using GPS, Hoover said.
Members of the sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team responded, along with the county’s Helicopter 3.
At about 4:30 p.m., the hikers were hoisted out of the wilderness and flown to Cachuma Saddle, Hoover said.
Their names and details on their conditions were not available Sunday night.
Hurricane Deck is a rugged ridge that divides the drainages of Manzana Creek and the Sisquoc River. The nearest road is at Nira, which is the main trailhead into the San Rafael Wilderness.