2 Denali hikers tired but uninjured when found

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) — Two missing hikers were found early Thursday morning when a search helicopter spotted them five miles north of Mt. Healy in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Park officials say Sybill Senn of Newberry, S.C., and Liza Weeks, from Bellingham, Wash., were tired but uninjured.

The women, both 22 years old, are seasonal employees. They had told friends they planned to hike to the Mt. Healy summit and possibly continue to the Savage River.

Officials say they became disoriented early Wednesday morning above the treeline by low clouds and rain. They were able to call 911 before their cell phone died. They were told to stay put, but after they couldn’t attract the attention of search planes overhead, they began to climb down.

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