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Rescuers follow beacon to stranded Canadian hikers in Lancaster

LANCASTER -- Two stranded hikers were guided to safety Sunday after an electronic beacon led rescuers to them after a five-hour hike on a rainy night in the White Mountains.

Sgt. Mark Ober of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said one of the hikers activated the emergency beacon in King Ravine in Low and Burbank’s Grant around 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

Three Fish and Game conservation officers and three volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue set off in the dark after the alert signal was relayed from International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Houston. The search team hiked three miles in a steady rain before locating the hikers at 11:57 p.m.

Ober said Rishi Maharaj of Toronto and Norman Goh of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, in a bivy shelter trying to stay warm. Ober said the hikers were cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed. They ate some warm food and put on dry clothes supplied by the rescue team before the hikers and rescuers hiked together back to the Appalachia parking lot, where they arrived around 3:30 a.m.

Ober said the wind and rain limited visibility and the hikers took a wrong turn and wound up in a treacherous boulder field.

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