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Second teen hiker found alive after three days in California forest

Searchers on Thursday rescued an 18-year-old woman who had gotten lost with a friend on an Easter Sunday hike in an Orange County forest.

Orange County Sheriff via AP

Hiker Nicholas Cendoya was found alive late Wednesday. Kyndall Jack, right, was found on Thursday.

A sound of a female voice led Orange County Sheriff's search and rescue teams to locate Kyndall Jack in the Holy Jim Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jason Park.

Crews used a helicopter about noon Thursday to hoist Jack out of a dense ravine and take her to a hospital.

The rescue came hours after authorities found Jack's hiking companion Nicholas Cendoya.

He was found "dehydrated and disoriented" in a ravine near where Jack and Cendoya had parked their car.

Searchers had to cut through thick brush to rescue Cendoya. Visibility was less than 10 feet, Park said.

Authorities and volunteer searchers on foot and using dogs and helicopters had combed since Monday a network of trails in the rugged forest, trying to find the two teens.

After Cendoya was found Wednesday night, searchers were optimistic that they would find Jack.

They located her near where they found Cendoya.

Cendoya and Jack, both Costa Mesa residents, called authorities at 8:25 p.m. Sunday to say they had gotten lost, said Gail Krause, an Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman.

The cellphone battery wore down and authorities could not get an accurate GPS "ping" from the phone to pinpoint their location, prompting a massive search, said Sheriff's Lt. Erin Giudice.