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Happily Ever After

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A common complaint I hear about the news industry as a whole goes something like this: "they (insert news agency) report so much bad news. it's depressing."  While I understand this, I also know if you're a Good Day LA viewer, you know very well that we bring you all sorts of upbeat stories, like today's tale of two missing hikers that ended... happily.

We began our show today talking about the search that had just resumed for these two men, both in their 20s, in the Eaten Canyon Natural Area above Altadena.  As the story goes, the men set off to find a waterfall in the late afternoon and by 6:30pm were reported missing.  Luck was on their side in that their cell phones still got a signal, which, as we all know, isn't always the case, and one was able to call 9-1-1. It was about that time that dozens of search and rescue personnel began their search.  That lasted until 2:00 this morning, when the search was suspended, and the temperatures dipped into the 40s.

And then daybreak... and the good news we caught on camera.  Crews found the men, huddled in brush, cold and wet, in a deep canyon, about 500 feet from the nearest trail.  Live on our air, the pair was hoisted to safety from a chopper above. Today, the men are home safe and warm.

The moral of their plight all of us should remember: don't go chasing waterfalls...unless you plan to always stay on the trail, let someone know which trail you plan to hike before you head out, carry a survival pack with whistle, flashlight and blanket, bring a fully charged cell phone, and not hike alone.

It's "good news" moments like this that balance out the bad and make what we do worth it.   

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