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DPS helicopter flies hikers out of Arizona canyon

PAGE, Ariz. -- A state police helicopter has flown two hikers out of a remote canyon in northern Arizona as authorities responded to distress signals from the pair.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office said an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter was able to airlift the hikers one at a time from inside Pariah Canyon to the Page airport on Friday.

According to a sheriff's spokesman, one of the hikers had what's described as a minor medical condition but declined treatment before leaving the area.

The airlift was in response to a distress signal from an emergency locator signal received Thursday.

A DPS helicopter crew spotted the hikers late Thursday and saw one of them flashing "SOS" with a flashlight. The helicopter was unable to land because of darkness and blowing dust.

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