Vancouver residents were uninjured

Two hikers who were lost around Nesmith Point near Horsetail Falls were found safe around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning by Multnomah County Search and Rescue units.

Deputies received the initial call late Tuesday night, said Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The hikers were identified as Zachary Hale, 21, and Tisha Urioste, 18, both of Vancouver, Wash.

The two began their hike on the Oneonta Gorge Trail, but became lost on their way back down. They called for help as it started getting dark, Alexander said. Neither of the hikers had emergency supplies or hiking equipment with them, but they did have some water.

Rescuers decided to begin the search once daylight arrived as the night was mild and the hiker’s cell phone signal had been located.

The search began around 5:45 a.m.

Hale and Urioste were found on a Forest Service road near Nesmith Point in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Both hikers were uninjured and were fine, but did not know where they were.

Alexander said the Vancouver residents stayed where they were after they contacted 9-1-1, making it easy for searchers to locate them.

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