March 16, 2014
Five adults and three children were lost overnight, Sunday in the George Washington National Forest. The final two hikers were found Monday afternoon, a little after 3 p.m.
One woman was taken by ambulance to AMC with what officials say is probably hypothermia. The others suffered just cuts and scrapes.
The group of hikers drove to Ramsey's Draft Trail in western Augusta County Sunday night.
The sergeant on the scene said they were unprepared for the cold weather, and some were wearing shorts.
They had planned to make their way to a second trail, but missed it and were forced to build a fire and stay overnight.
Early Monday morning, an Augusta County deputy and forest ranger went looking for the group, but they also lost their way.
After some of the hikers found their way back, an eleven-member team was sent in to find their group plus the two officers.