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Lost hikers rescued in gorge

COURTESY MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The Multnomah County Sheriff's OfficeSearch and Rescue unit rescued two lost hikers early Sunday.The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office rescued two hikers lost near Multnomah Fall early Sunday.

The office's Search and Rescue units brought Cody Turpin, 25, of Portland, and Daniell Pierce, 20, of Gladstone down at around 12:35 a.m. on May 3.

The pair called 911 from a cell phone around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to say they had gotten lost hiking from Oneonta Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Sheriff's deputies responded and told them to stay where they were.

The SAR unit was able to find them in good shape and uninjured based on a phone of a sign on the trail they had texted earlier.

The MCSO issued the following statement after the rescue:

"The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to attempting a hike. Be prepared when you depart for a hike and ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. During the early parts of spring temperatures can still be very low overnight in the higher elevations and weather can change rapidly. Be prepared for the weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas."

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