Teen hiker found shoeless, ‘clinging to the ledge on the cliff’ after five day ordeal lost in canyon

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — Rescuers who plucked a young woman on Thursday from a steep, rocky canyon wall said she was exhausted, had trouble breathing and likely could not have survived much longer than another day in the rugged Southern California wilderness.

Kyndall Jack, 18, was rescued from a near-vertical wall in Falls Canyon in Cleveland National Forest, five days after she got lost on a day hike with a friend.

“She was kind of clinging to the ledge on the cliff side, kind of going in and out of consciousness,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jim Moss, a paramedic who treated her. “We climbed up to her and could see she was in a lot of pain, obviously completely dehydrated and very weak.

“She wouldn’t have made it much longer. She’s really lucky,” he told The Associated Press in an interview shortly after the rescue.

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