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Hikers missing in San Bernardino Mountains found

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Three northern San Diego County men who went missing last weekend while hiking in the San Bernardino-area back country were located Tuesday, in relatively good condition.

Deputies aboard a sheriff's patrol helicopter found Ryan Shankles and Miguel DeLatorre of Oceanside and David Yoder of Carlsbad about 10:15 a.m. in Northfork Meadows, near Mineshaft Campground.

The trio had gone missing Sunday morning as an unseasonably cold storm dropped snow on the region's highest peaks, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

A friend who started the hike but turned back reported that the group had spent Friday night at Heart Bar Campground. On Saturday, the group drove to a trailhead with the intent to climb to the top of 11,503-foot Mount San Gorgonio, the highest peak in Southern California.

Search teams, including a helicopter crew, failed to find any sign of the three Sunday, and the search was suspended until about 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Sheriff's deputies said the men were experienced hikers who had food and water. The men had some cuts and scrapes, and one of them had apparently been on the verge of hypothermia when found, but were otherwise OK. They told news crews that they had huddled together to stay warm.

In addition to airborne personnel, ground crews, including searchers on horseback and others working with dogs, scoured the wilderness for the missing hikers.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier version, read below.

BIG BEAR (CBS 8) - The intense search for three North County men missing since Saturday in the San Bernardino mountains will resume at daybreak Tuesday with additional search-and-rescue teams.

Nine of those teams have been scouring the Mt. San Gorgonio area in California, for the three men who disappeared while hiking. The men ventured out on Fish Creek Trailhead near Barton Flats Saturday morning, but haven't been seen since.

Officials say four men from the Oceanside area were camping on Friday night and intended to go on a day hike Saturday on Fish Creek Trail. But in the morning, they got a two-hour late start, and one hiker, James Goins, felt sick and went back to the camp site.

Ryan Shankles, David Yoder and Miguel De La Torre continued on, heading to the top of Mt. San Gorgonio, the highest peak in Southern California. When they didn't return by 8 p.m., Goins and a camp host began to worry.

For the next two days, there were approximately 60 search-and-rescue members assisting, many of them on horseback.

Authorities say the hikers are experienced and have provisions, but they did not plan to stay overnight on the mountain. Deputy Christopher Morsch of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said it was likely only 38 degrees Sunday night, but they weren't dressed for inclement weather. Officials say the men were wearing T-shirts and shorts, but had sweaters with them.

For a few hours Monday afternoon, part of the search had to be temporarily suspended because of foggy weather.

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