- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Search and rescue teams rescued two hiking parties who became stranded in the Sandia Mountains.

New Mexico State Police say crews initiated efforts to help a total of five hikers down safely Saturday night.

State Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Armijo said Sunday the hikers were taken to a base camp and checked out by Albuquerque firefighters.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says one group became stuck near the Crest and another got lost on the La Luz Trail.

The department’s search-and-rescue team was able to relay the coordinates of each group to the county fire department and State Police.

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