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Teen hikers found safe on POW mountain

Four Prince of Wales Island teenagers were found safe Thursday afternoon after they became lost while hiking Wednesday on a mountain trail.

According to Alaska State Troopers, two 14-year-olds and two 15-year-olds, all from Craig, became disoriented during the hike. A parent with hiking experience in the area spoke to the kids via cell phone and directed them to a clearing at the summit.

The parent hiked up the trail but was unable to reach the party. A team from Klawock Search and Rescue then climbed the mountain, but turned back due to fog.

Ketchikan Dispatch kept in contact with the hikers, who were able to make a fire to warm up as they stayed on the mountain overnight. Thursday morning, search crews hiked up again, found the kids and walked them out. The group was safely off the trail by about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

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