Hikers rescued after getting stranded between brooks

JEFFERSON, N.H. (AP) Ten hikers who got stranded between two overflowing brooks in the White Mountain National Forest are safe after an overnight rescue operation.

New Hampshire Fish and Game says the group planned to stay at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Zealand Falls hut Friday night but were unable to reach it after they got trapped between two fast-moving brooks that had overflowed due to heavy rain.

The group called for help just before 5 p.m. A team led by Mountain Rescue Service found them at 10:45 p.m., helped them across the brook and got them to the AMC Highland Center just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say the incident is a reminder that hikers should monitor weather forecasts, carry appropriate equipment and be prepared to spend the night if necessary.