Cellphone lights help Coast Guard pluck cliff hikers

Hikers got disoriented in dense forest south of Cape Arago State Park

Cape Arago State Park, as seen on their website, Sept 8, 2014
Cape Arago State Park, as seen on their website, Sept 8, 2014

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say a Coast Guard helicopter working by the light of a nearly full moon has plucked two lost hikers from cliffs along the southern Oregon Coast.

The Coos County sheriff’s office says the hikers got disoriented Sunday in dense forest south of Cape Arago State Park and called authorities after dark.

Deputies spotted their cellphone flashing light, and the Coast Guard sent the helicopter. Before midnight it hoisted them.

The sheriff’s office said high clouds and the moonlight made ideal conditions for a nighttime rescue.

The hikers had food and appropriate clothing, but had run out of water. They were unharmed and returned to their car.

They were identified as 19-year-old Michael Klemm of Fort Worth, Texas and 37-year-old Troy Wery of San Diego, California.

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