Four hikers stranded in Malibu Creek State Park

Four hikers were stranded between two rain-swollen waterways in Malibu Creek State Park on Saturday night as rescuers attempted to reach them.

Because of the stormy weather, a helicopter could not access the area, which is near the 1900 block of Las Virgenes Road between a rock pool and a creek, said Michael Pittman, a supervising dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The hikers, who called for help about 7 p.m., are not in danger, but a search-and-rescue team was expected to take four or five hours to bring them out of the canyon.

"It's not a good day to go hiking, and that's just my layman's advice," Pittman said. "In weather this bad, it doesn't make a lot of sense. Just wait for a sunny day."


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