OTTO, N.Y. (AP) - A group of hikers is safe after spending the
night trapped on a ledge in a gorge in western New York State.
State troopers say the nine young men and women were hiking
yesterday when a rain-swollen creek rose and cut off their route
out of the gorge. The hikers called 911 to report they were
trapped, but fog and darkness prevented rescuers from reaching
The hikers range in age from 17 to 21 and were dressed in
T-shirts and shorts. Overnight temperatures dipped to the high 50s.
After sunrise this morning, an Erie County sheriff's helicopter
plucked them from their perch about 20 feet above the creek.
They were taken to a hospital. Eight were treated and released,
while the ninth declined treatment.
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