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Apr 19, 2013 8:15 PM by Josh Breslow

Three Hikers Stranded Along Laurel River Lake Rescued

Three hikers have been rescued after being stranded in a part of the Daniel Boone National Forest for more than 24 hours.

Rising water levels on Laurel River Lake Thursday afternoon trapped Coty Jones, her boyfriend Hagen Paul, and Hagen's younger brother Flynn Paul.

Crews from Laurel and Whitley counties were notified of the situation around 4 a.m. Friday and began the rescue operation which lasted into Friday evening.

"It all happened so fast and I just came down here immediately," Coty's sister, Casey Jones told LEX 18. "It's been up and down. Like one minute, it's really emotional and the next minute I'm happy. I'm still scared because I'm not really sure how they are."

Around 7 p.m. Friday, the three were reunited with their family members.

"[Hiking] is kind of a new thing to her, so she's probably not gonna do it anymore," Jones said.

Officials with Emergency Management said a friend of the three hikers, Dave King went in to help them and also became trapped. He was rescued around 10:30 a.m. Friday and showed signs of hypothermia.

Much more on this story coming up Friday on LEX 18 News At 11.


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