Hikers rescued from trail along Potomac River in Maryland

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Authorities say that two stranded hikers have been rescued from a trail in Maryland.

The Washington Post reports that the hikers were on the rugged Billy Goat Trail in the C&O Canal National Historical Park in Montgomery County. They were rescued Monday night.

Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, said the hikers set out about 6 p.m. But it got dark before they could finish their hike.

They were attempting to complete a loop that requires climbing over steep and rocky terrain along the Potomac River. A U.S. Park Police helicopter spotted them on rocks about 50 feet above the river.

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The helicopter provided light to rescue crews as they headed to the pair of hikers. No injuries were reported.

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