More than three-dozen Pennsylvania college students visiting Kentucky for a mission trip got lost after their hike unexpectedly stretched into the night, prompting an hourslong effort to rescue them from rough terrain and freezing temperatures, officials said Friday.
A search and rescue effort for the group began about 7 p.m. EST Thursday, and it took until 3:30 a.m. Friday to get the entire group off the mountain, said Mayking Volunteer Fire Chief Tony Fugate, who helped the rescue effort.
“It’s pretty rough country back in there,” Fugate told The Associated Press.
Fugate said most of the students were just tired and cold, but one had a hurt knee and a couple showed symptoms of mild hypothermia.
The group of 37 students and three staff members from La Salle University in Phildadelphia were in the area on spring break building houses for Habitat for Humanity, said John Caroulis, spokesman for the school.
Caroulis said the students were on an annual trip, and at least four of them had been hiking in the area on past trips.