Lost Hikers Found —all 40 of Them
College students got stranded on Kentucky trail
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2013 4:52 PM CST

(Newser) – It is not your typical lost-hiker story: For one thing, it was a group of 40 hikers who could not find their way down a remote mountain in Kentucky as night fell and freezing temperatures set in, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. Luckily, they still had phone reception. The group of 37 students and three staffers from La Salle University in Pennsylvania called for help about 7pm yesterday, and rescuers got them off the trail about 3:45am. All were checked out for hypothermia, and only one was admitted to a local hospital. She is expected to be out tomorrow.

"It's pretty rough country back in there," one rescuer tells the AP of the Bad Branch Nature Preserve. The main treatment provided by hospital staffers was, yep, chicken soup. "The other thing was loaning them cellphones so that they could call their parents," says a hospital official. "That was an emotional time." The students are in the area to build houses for Project Appalachia.

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Mar 9, 2013 12:35 PM CST
WOW!, George W Bush could have been valedictorian at La Salle University! No wonder we are last on the list of world scholars!
Mar 9, 2013 7:33 AM CST
I don't know about them, but my OLD smart phone has a very bright LED for the built-in camera's flash. If I activate video mode I can turn on the LED so it's constantly on. It's BLINDLINGLY bright. So you're telling me 40 COLLEGE students and I suppose teachers don't know how to use the features of their cell phones? OK, lets' say they don't. BUT, all you need ot do is to open you Internet browser - it starts as blank screen on mine. It isn't as bright as the flash's LED but it still provides a bright glow. I use it find my way in the dark all of the time.
Mar 9, 2013 6:34 AM CST
Amazing...40 people all getting lost together, were they all idiots?