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NAU students rescued from snowy Grand Canyon

Nearly two dozen students from Northern Arizona University were rescued Tuesday from the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

Weather conditions were hampered efforts to reach the 20 hikers, who were unable to drive back down because of deep snow, but a Department of Public Safety helicopter pilot safely extracted them. All were in good health.

The group of students, staffers and assistants were stranded on their way back from a field trip and campout near the park. They have stayed in cellphone contact with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

Over two feet of snow fell in the high country over Monday, the day the group was scheduled to return. The trip began Feb. 18.