Search on for 2 hikers in Wash. state; 2 safe

Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Search and rescue officials are renewing their efforts to find a man and a woman missing in separate, remote parts of southwest Washington after a helicopter rescued two other hikers from waist-deep snow.

Hikers Matt Margiotta and Kyla Arnold were hoisted aboard a Coast Guard helicopter Tuesday evening from the snowy Pacific Crest Trail where it crosses the western flank of 12,280-foot Mount Adams. The helicopter rescue came after a group of ground searchers made it to within less than a mile of the couple, only to be stopped by deep snow and failing daylight.

Two other hikers remained missing Wednesday. One, Kristopher Zitzewitz, was last seen Saturday in the Big Lava Beds area of Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The other, Alejandra Wilson, was also hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and was believed to be about a day's hike north of where Margiotta and Arnold were found.

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