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Second Teen Hiker Found Alive after 4 Days in California Canyon
A teenage hiker who disappeared Sunday in a Southern California forest has been found alive and transported to a local area hospital, just a day after her male companion was rescued.
Search crews heard the cries of Kyndall Jack, 18, and found her fairly close to where Nicolas Cendoya, 19, was rescued Wednesday night.
One law enforcement officer was injured during the rescue.
Jack and Cendoya had been missing since setting out on a hike in Cleveland National Forest. Cendoya made a 911 call for help on Sunday.
Cendoya was found severely dehydrated and without shoes by another hiker less than a mile from where the pair's car was parked. He was airlifted to a hospital and is said to be improving, but still in serious condition.
"He was extremely confused and disoriented," said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jason Park.
They found Cendoya eight-tenths of a mile south of where much of the search had focused, about 500 feet from a dirt road that sees regular vehicle traffic. He was surrounded by so much vegetation that the helicopter rescue crew had trouble keeping track of him once they found him.
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