Hiking NC couple rescued after cold night on trail

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A couple has been rescued after spending a frigid night lost on a hiking trail in a national wilderness area in western North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Matt and Linden Jones got lost Sunday night on a trail in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area in southern Haywood County.

The couple used a cell phone to call for help and about 80 rescuers combed the area, but couldn't find them at night. The hikers shared a sleeping bag and built a fire to stay warm in temperatures that dropped into the 20s.

Highway Patrol Trooper Gene Williamson says the couple was found Monday after a helicopter spotted them near a river.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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