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2 missing hikers make it safely off Mount Shasta

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. (AP) — Two missing hikers ó one of them from North Carolinaó have made their way off Mount Shasta safely, showing up in a town more than 10 miles from the mountaintop, authorities said.

Patricia Giamoni and friend Salvador Frias walked onto the shipping docks of Rosewood Forest Products at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said.

The hikers were dehydrated but otherwise in good condition, she said.

Frias called 911 Saturday night from the top of the 14,162-foot mountain and said they needed help. Giamoni, 37, and Frias, 41, had a day permit to hike the mountain, a volcanic peak of the Cascade Range about 220 miles north of Sacramento.

Smoke from hundreds of wildfires burning throughout Northern California formed a thick haze that hampered the aerial search for the pair.

Frias’ 911 call Saturday was lost before it could be transferred to the sheriff’s department, and authorities couldn’t get through when they tried redialing the number.

About 30 minutes later, a North Carolina man contacted the sheriff’s department to say his mother, Giamoni, had called him from the mountain. The man, Frank Machado, said his mother was caught in high winds and needed help.

Frias lives in Millbrae, about 15 miles south of San Francisco. Giamoni, who lives in Apex, N.C., gave a description of the area and partial coordinates, but that was not enough to help rescuers.

“They weren’t able to pinpoint their location,” Gravenkamp said.

On Monday, two Blackhawk helicopters dropped eight rescuers onto the mountain, a volcanic peak of the Cascade Range that is about 220 miles north of Sacramento.

Authorities also asked the roughly 120 recreational climbers on the mountain to be alert for any signs of the missing hikers.

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