Hikers rescued near Cooper Landing

They became trapped in a steep ravine after taking a canoe over Kenai Lake and climbing a mountain, troopers say

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Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Thursday rescued two hikers stranded on a mountain near Kenai Lake.

Noah Ergle, 22, of Florida, and Garrick Murath, a 23-year-old from Colorado, became trapped in a steep ravine after taking a canoe over Kenai Lake and climbing a mountain, according to a dispatch from the troopers.

The two men called for help, saying they were out of food and water and lacked supplies to stay overnight. According to troopers, high winds and wet weather were expected in the area for the next several days.

A helicopter from Alaska’s Department of Public Safety deployed from Anchorage and located the two hikers, landing near the top of the mountain. Rescuers hiked down to Ergle and Murath and were able to return the two to Cooper Landing campground without any injuries, according to the dispatch.

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