Photo by Jamesb01 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Example of Devil’s Punch Bowl rocks in the Angeles National Forest. Photo by Jamesb01 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Two hikers were hoisted into a fire department helicopter after they became stranded near Devil’s Punch Bowl in the Angeles National Forest near Palmdale amid a building winter storm.

Neither hiker was injured, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They were described only as a male and a female,

Firefighters were notified Wednesday that the pair was stranded and a rescue helicopter was sent, a dispatcher said.

The helicopter crew had to contend with high winds and a building storm as they searched for the hikers, who were located at 6:25 p.m., he said.

The hikers were hoisted into the chopper and flown to ground units as increasingly heavy rain and snow fell in the mountainous area, the fire department reported.

—City News Service

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