Police in Santa Rosa and a Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter unit teamed up to rescue four missing hikers from Annadel State Park within 24 hours this weekend, police said.
On Friday, officers responded to a report that a man had gone missing from a treatment facility where he is a resident at about 8:55 p.m., according to police.
The man left the facility in the afternoon, planning to hike inside the state park and didn't return, despite his need for regular medication, police said.
Police were unable to find the man and requested the assistance of the sheriff's office, which found the man by Lake Ilsanjo inside the park.
The sheriff's helicopter unit located the man within minutes and brought him to safety. He explained to authorities he spent the day inside the park and was unable to get out once it went dark, police said.
Just about a day later, at about 8:55 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of three people missing inside Annadel State Park.
One of the missing hikers called 911 from a cellphone because the group - two women and a man from San Jose - became lost because of darkness, according to police.
The sheriff's helicopter unit once again was called for assistance and located the group within minutes and brought them to safety.
Everyone saved was without the appropriate supplies to spend a night comfortably in the park, police said. No injuries were reported.
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