UPDATE: Search for hikers in Eatyon Canyon resulted from misunderstanding

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Rescuers launched a search in Eaton Canyon early Friday in response to report of a group of missing hikers, but learned the report stemmed from a misunderstanding, authorities said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials received a call about 7 a.m. Friday from a man reporting that his daughter had gone to Eaton Canyon with four others about 8 a.m. Thursday, Sgt. Booker Hollis said. They never returned from what was planned to be an eight-hour hiking and rappelling outing.
But the hikers, in their mid-20s, had apparently made plans to spend the night in the forest, Hollis said. The concerned family member was not aware the trip was going to be overnight, and worried when he could not reach his daughter via cell phone.
Members of the Altadena Search and Rescue Team found the group of hikers shortly before 11 a.m. near the canyon’s second waterfall, officials said.
“There were no injuries,” the sergeant said. “They did have food and water with them.”
Rescuers escorted the group out of the canyon.

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