BEAN’S PURCHASE, N.H. (CBS/AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game says five hikers were helped off the Black Angel Trail after the group activated an emergency beacon and called 911.

The hikers called for help Sunday after one member of the party began to experience signs of possible cold weather symptoms, the department said.

The group was about five miles from Route 16 when the call was made. Conservation officers and volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue responded to the call.

The group was in the second day of a planned a three-day hike.

Group members included hikers from Cambridge, Boston, Rhode Island, and California.

The hikers tried to stay warm in their wet sleeping bags, but the exposure at the high elevation made them colder.

Rescuers directed the group to the point where they met. The rescuers provided warm drinks, dry clothes and they guided them off the trail. They reached the road around 11 p.m. There were no injuries.

Within a couple days the weather in the area changed from summer to winter conditions. There is several inches of snow on the ground at higher elevations.

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