published Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

4 hikers saved from flooding in California storm

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    In this photo provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Malibu Search and Rescue Team members assist four stranded hikers who were trapped overnight March 1, 2014 in a remote area of Malibu Creek State Park, Calif.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MALIBU, Calif. — Four hikers were rescued overnight after they became trapped by rising floodwaters in Malibu Creek State Park, sheriff's officials said Sunday.

The hikers were rescued around 3 a.m. and flown out by helicopter after a risky rescue, Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said.

The hikers were cold and exhausted but not hurt.

They had become trapped between a high wall and rising floodwaters at Malibu Creek in a remote area of the park.

One of the hikers called for help around 6:30 p.m. as it was getting dark and their cellphones were dying, the sheriff's department said.

A storm that has pounded California through the weekend is easing. But the risk of mudslides remains, and local creeks and drainage channels are swollen with water.

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