At least 20 hikers, including two kids, were plucked from a popular Virginia trail in a 15-hour rescue operation after they were trapped by a flash flood, authorities said Monday.
The group became cornered by rising creek waters along the Devil’s Bathtub trail around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, after an evening thunderstorm rolled through, according to the Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department.
“The numerous creeks on the Bathtub trail rose quickly, making them impassable,” the department said.
“At first we were advised that there were 12 hikers stranded, once on scene that number rose as we made voice contact with others farther up on the trail.”
At least 15 members of the group were pulled to safety late Sunday, and the remainder were rescued by 10 a.m. on Monday.
One of the hikers suffered mild hypothermia and another may have a twisted knee, officials said.
Photos from local outlet WCYB showed emotional families and friends hugging as they were reunited after their ordeal.
The Devil’s Bathtub is a popular attraction in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. It has more than 15 water crossings.
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