Eaton Canyon Nature Park Center's main sign. Photo via Eaton Canyon Nature Center
Eaton Canyon Nature Park Center’s main sign. Photo via Eaton Canyon Nature Center

A miserable “pretty bad” night of cold rain and frightening uncertainty finally ended for a man and his girlfriend Monday when they were hoisted to safety by a helicopter as heavy mist and clouds lifted over their perch on a cliff about 1,000 feet above Eaton Canyon.

“You see that mist? We were in the middle of it, so it was raining the entire night on top of us,” Humberto Solorio told a TV station.

He said they used their body heat to stay warm.

“We were there almost 24 hours,” he said.

His girlfriend, Yneli Pineda, told Channel 7 they were just happy to be back.

“Glad we’re here now ’cause it was bad, it was pretty bad,” she said.

An Altadena Mountain Rescue team began searching for the couple at 8 p.m. Sunday in the canyon near the 2200 block of Pinecrest Drive, according to Sgt. John Gilbert of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. They were spotted on the cliff about 11 p.m.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter crew was called to hoist the hikers to safety last night, but the effort was called off due to cloud cover, he said.

Searchers were hindered from an air rescue after daybreak because of fog, but the pair were airlifted to safety late this morning during a break in the weather. Both were OK, having suffered only scrapes, a sheriff’s official said.

The hikers told ABC7 they went hiking but they lost the trail when it got dark, and they decided to call for help. But with only a thin sweater, they endured a cold night.

—City News Service

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