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Big Island rescue personnel pick up two missing maile pickers

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Rescue personnel in the Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter today picked up two maile pickers who had been missing since Monday morning.

The two men were found unhurt in a forest in the Waiohinu area and did not need medical attention, the department said.

The men had been missing since 10 a.m Monday after becoming disoriented in a heavily forested area, a department news release said.

Officials contacted the men via text message and told them to start a fire so the helicopter could find them. Rescue personnel saw the smoke and lowered a rescue net to pick up the men one by one.

The pickers were found 1.5 miles above Lorenzo Road, 1.6 miles northwest of their vehicle, the department said.

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