A group of hikers and a family on horseback had to be rescued in separate incidents after getting lost in mountains in Cochise County, the sheriff’s department said.
In the first incident, a woman used her telephone to report shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday that she, her fiancée and a friend became lost after hiking in the Dragoon Mountains for a couple of days, said Carol Capas, a Cochise County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
The woman also said the group had been without water for 24 hours, Capas said.
The three made it to a cabin, and a Department of Public Safety helicopter and search-and-rescue personnel found the three, who were severely dehydrated, said Capas.
They were treated and taken to Northern Cochise Community Hospital in Willcox, and were released Tuesday night.
In the second incident, a man called authorities Wednesday morning saying that he, his wife and their 8-year-old daughter went for a horseback ride in the Chiricahua Mountains on Tuesday, and that the trails were degraded from past fires and summer rains, said Capas.
The family was not able to follow the maps, she said. They spent the night in the mountains, and were low on water for themselves and the horses, Capas said.
Rescuers were able to locate the family through GPS, and DPS helicopters also assisted in the rescue, said Capas.
The mother and daughter were airlifted out, but did not need medical attention. A crew hiked into the area to help the man and the horses.
Water was brought in for the man and the horses before they began the trek out of the mountains, Capas said.