Two men were rescued by a search team Thursday after getting lost 12 hours earlier while hiking in the Eaton Canyon area above Pasadena.

Assisted by a deputy who descended by rope from a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, the men were individually hoisted up to the aircraft before being whisked away to the nearby Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

The department’s Altadena station received a call at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday from one of the two 24-year-old men saying they were "OK" but had become lost, sheriff's Deputy Daniel Page told KTLA-TV Channel 5.

The men, described as fit but inexperienced hikers, were believed to have started their trek about noon, Page said.

About a dozen search-and-rescue personnel, supported by two helicopters from the Pasadena and Los Angeles police departments, attempted to find the men throughout the night.

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