Lost Hikers Won’t Have To Pay $160,000 Bill For Rescue

SANTA ANA, Calif. (May 15, 2013)--Two hikers who were lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be billed for the $160,000 it took to find them.

Orange County supervisors made that decision in closed session on Tuesday.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson told City News Service he thinks there's no legal way to force the hikers to pay their rescue costs even though one was charged with a drug crime.

Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, were rescued from the Cleveland National Forest last month after spending several days there without food or much water.

Authorities say methamphetamine was later found in Cendoya's car.

He was charged with felony possession.

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