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Hiking ordeal: Rescue saves four Lubbock Christian University students (Updated)

Brittney Allison and friends hiking the Floridas last week, before she and a friend became stuck on a cliff and had to call for help. (Photo via Silver City Sun-News, www.scsun-news.com)

Update: Here’s a related story from Fox 34 News in Lubbock.
The Silver City Sun-News in New Mexico reports:

SILVER CITY – It was almost the Christmas that wasn’t for four young hikers who grossly underestimated terrain and weather changes when they set out on a late afternoon hike dressed in light clothes, one in shorts, and headed to the top of the Florida Mountains near Deming last week.
The four, all college students at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, are recovering today at the family home of one of the hikers, Brittney Allison, 21, of Deming, thanks to the dedication of the Deming Fire Department, and search-and-rescue volunteers from Organ Mountain Technical Rescue, who hiked through the night – through sleet, snow and rain, fog and pitch black, slippery conditions to reach them.
Thanks also to Border Patrol officers, who maneuvered their helicopter to the top of a 5-foot-wide boulder to make a daring one-skid rescue while hovering over two of the girls who were barely conscious, and had spent the night stuck on a cliff.

Read the full story.

  • Feedback
    I love to hike in the Smoky Mountains; I hope I have covered all the bases before I go on long treks!
    Doug Kelso
    December, 28 2010

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