Lost campers in California were found after sending a message in a bottle down a waterfall

In June, Curtis Whitson and his family went backpacking along the Arroyo Seco River, CNN reported. But when the currents became too strong, Whitson, his girlfriend, and 13-year-old son became stranded. In an effort to be rescued, the group sent an SOS message in a bottle down a waterfall, the Washington Post reported. Two hikers plucked the bottle from the roaring river and alerted rescue officials, saving the family’s lives. Now Whitson wants to find the hikers and thank them, he told CNN. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Curtis Whitson had backpacked along the Arroyo Seco River before.

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