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VIDEO: Rescuers describe challenges in saving California hikers


(CNN) - On Sunday night, two teenagers called authorities pleading for help after their hike through the Santa Ana Mountains of southern California went awry.

Then their cell phones went dead - meaning that not only were they lost, but so, too, was their link to potential saviors.

Their story took a positive turn Wednesday night, when rescuers came across 19-year-old Nicholas Cendoya. But there was no sign of his hiking mate, 18-year-old Kyndall Jack. Until now.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department rescue team who saved two hikers in California talk about the challenges of locating and saving the teens.

READ MORE: California hiker found perched in rugged terrain, four days after calling for help

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