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Stranded hikers rescued in Little Cottonwood Canyon thanks to emergency GPS device

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Posted at 7:27 AM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 09:54:30-04

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah - Two hikers are safe after being rescued in Little Cottonwood Canyon overnight.

Unified Police said the pair started hiking Monday at about 6 a.m. near Tanner Flats.

Officials said the pair got lost and disoriented and sent out an electronic emergency message with a GPS device called "SPOT."

The device sends out a signal allowing rescuers to track your exact location.

One man was able to hike out on his own, the other had to be flown out by a DPS helicopter near Lisa Falls.

Rescuers said the man was suffering from a cut on his leg and hypothermia.

Officials said because of the hikers' GPS device, it saved a lot of time when searching for the missing men.

Crews said what could have been a six-hour operation only took two hours to rescue the hikers.