Transcript for Hiking couple rescued by helicopter after being stuck 5 days on Mount Baldy
We turn next here to California, the couple missing for days in the mountains, footprints were the first clues to get to them. And then, a night time fire seen from the sky leading to the rescue. And the so-called life straw they used to filter out parasites from the water to survive. Here's ABC's will Carr. Reporter: Tonight, a first look at the harrowing helicopter rescue of two hikers stuck in pitch black, perilous conditions. Rescuers spotted a fire of the hikers that had been lost for almost five days. Amazingly, both were in good condition, but were stuck between two waterfalls on one of the most dangerous mountains if the United States. We just lost the trail. Eric desplinter, a former national guards man, and Gabrielle Wallace set out for a day hike last Saturday. We tried to descend through a valley, but that valley was more treacherous than we thought. Reporter: These are experienced hikers but this is rough, rugged terrain and one wrong turn can prove fatal. For days, search teams scoured 19,000 acres, finally finding footprints. Both hikers were airlifted to safety and reunited with their We're very graceful to be found. Reporter: To survive, the hikers say they rationed their food and used what's called a life straw. You stick this in water in the wilderness and it removes parasites and bacteria. David? We're just glad they've been found. Will, thank you.
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