Father, teen flown out of Borrego Springs canyon after being stranded overnight

A father and teenage son out on a hike in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park were rescued early Monday after they became stranded and unable to hike their way out of the canyon Sunday night, sheriff’s officials said.

After spending the night in Borrego Palm Canyon with members of the sheriff’s search-and-rescue team, the pair was flown out of the canyon by a sheriff’s helicopter and returned to their camp Monday morning, sheriff’s Lt. Karla Menzies said. Neither hiker was injured.

The 44-year-old father and his 13-year-old son went hiking in the state park Sunday and had reached a spot near a waterfall when they found themselves unable to hike out because of darkness.

They called for help shortly after 7 p.m., saying they had plenty of food and water, but were beginning to get cold, said sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rand.

A sheriff’s helicopter flew to the area but was unable to land or use a hoist where the two were stranded. Around 9 p.m., a San Diego fire helicopter was sent to try to assist them, but it could not help either.

“The walls of the canyon are too narrow for the San Diego fire helicopter to get low enough,” Rand said on Sunday night.

Search-and-rescue team members hiked into the canyon and stayed with the pair overnight, he said.

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UPDATES:

9:45 a.m.: This article was updated with additional details.

8:25 a.m.: This article was updated with additional details.

This article was originally published at 10:15 p.m.

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