POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 6:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:17am
EL PASO — A family was rescued Tuesday morning after they got lost and had to spend the night in the Franklin Mountains.
Fire crews were called out to the Franklin Mountains State Park at about 2 a.m. To try and find a family of five and their two dogs.
The family started their hike Monday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on the northeast side of the park and made their way to the westside of the mountains when the trail abruptly ended.
The family said it was dark at that point and they didn't have cell phone reception
A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter helped firefighters find the family at about 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The family was okay and nobody was hurt.
The fire department wants to remind hikers to follow these helpful tips:
- Carry a gallon of water per person
- Don't hike late at night
- Take a cell phone
- Don't hike off trail
- Never hike alone and avoid areas with loose rocks