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2 lost hikers are found safe on Deseret Peak

Two hikers who got lost in Tooele County Tuesday night were found safe Wednesday and carried off the mountain by a Department of Public Safety helicopter.

A 49-year-old Sandy man and a 43-year-old woman from Salt Lake City began hiking to Deseret Peak in the Stansbury Mountain range about 11 a.m. Tuesday. They lost the trail in an area that had been burned by wildfires. By nightfall they knew they were lost and prepared to spend the night, said Tooele County Sheriff Frank Park.

Before 9 a.m. Wednesday the couple called 911. Because they had an older cell phone, dispatchers weren't able to use GPS to pinpoint their location. After talking to the couple for a few minutes, they figured out they had hiked to the west side of the mountain and were two to three miles away from the main trail.

Because the man was diabetic and the woman not strong enough to hike back up the mountain and down the other side, a DPS chopper was used to locate the couple and their two dogs and carry them down, Park said.

The weather conditions were cool Tuesday night, but not freezing, Park said.