- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says two hikers are safe after getting lost and spending an unexpected night on South Sister.

The sheriff’s search and rescue unit received an emergency call Saturday night from 22-year-old Mohammed Alnemer, who reported he and 19-year-old Ananiya Demessie had become lost while descending the 10,358-foot peak. They were at the 8,200-foot level in an area of icy rocks, and they didn’t have shelter or supplies or any way to make a fire.

Because of the darkness and steep terrain, rescue crews couldn’t head out until Sunday morning. Two volunteers were flown to the South Sister climbing trail, while a dozen others joined the effort.

Other hikers called dispatch at about 9:40 a.m. to say they were with Alnemer and Demessie on a “false summit.” When two volunteer rescuers met up with them, they were cold and tired but otherwise OK. The were escorted out to the trailhead by early afternoon and declined medical treatment.

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