Vt. officials rescue 3 lost hikers in Somerset

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SOMERSET (AP) -- Vermont State Police say three hikers were rescued Saturday night from the East Branch Trail in Somerset.

The rescue efforts began after police received a 911 call at about 4 p.m. Saturday from a hiker who says she got separated from her three companions.

She said the three had not made it back to their prearranged meeting point at the Somerset Reservoir.

Police said the three lost hikers are all over the age of 70 and are not familiar with the densely-wooded trail in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers from the Wilmington Fire Department and Deerfield Valley Rescue located the hikers at about 6:30 Saturday night and escorted them 2.5 miles down the trail, reaching the trailhead at about 10 p.m.

The hikers were not injured.


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