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Teens Lost Hiking on Mauna Loa Rescued

June 2, 2014, 12:09 PM HST
* Updated June 2, 4:00 PM
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The Hawaii County Fire Department on Sunday morning rescued two teenagers who became lost after getting separated from their parents while hiking near the summit of Mauna Loa the night before.

The two males, whose ages were not given, were reported missing Saturday night at about 6 p.m.

Two ground teams began searching for the teens.

Battalion Chief Warren Sumida said the department’s Chopper 1 was also scrambled Saturday night but soon had to turn back because of the dangers of searching at night at such a high altitude on the 13,678-foot volcano.

Both the ground teams and chopper were out again at first light on Sunday.

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One of the ground teams located the teens, who were then escorted to be reunited with their parents at the parking lot of the Mauna Loa observatory.

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The teenagers were uninjured.

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