COPPER LAKE - Two missing hikers in Keweenaw County were in good condition after being found Wednesday afternoon.
The Keweenaw County Sheriff's Department reported about 3:10 p.m., a Civil Air Patrol plane spotted smoke from a thick, densely wooded area 2 miles north of Lake Superior near Copper Lake. They then saw Elizabeth Hunter, 26, of Holly, Mich., and James Murphy, 22, of Fenton, Mich. waving.
"It took ground crews from Superior Search and Rescue about an hour to reach the hikers," said Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti. "That's how thick and swampy the area was."
It then took an additional hour and a half to get the hikers to a place where they could be removed.
The hikers were found in good condition without injuries. Lahti said the two had tried to take a shortcut through the woods, then lost their compass in the swamps and couldn't tell where they were headed.
"They did the right thing," Lahti said. "They stopped, lit a fire and hoped for somebody to find them."
Lahti thanked Superior Search and Rescue; Civil Air Patrol; the U.S. Coast Guard, The Salvation Army, which provided food for responders; Gitche Gumee Bible Camp, which provided a camping area for searchers; and Houghton and Keweenaw County Emergency Coordinator Jack Dueweke.
"They did a great job," Lahti said. "They train well, know what they're doing and their help is greatly appreciated."