Night Rescue in Zoar Valley

June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM EDT

(Cattaraugus County, N.Y.) Six hikers lost in Zoar Valley Sunday night, used a cell phone with a GPS to call for help.

According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, the group entered the Dearlick Nature Area around 5pm.

They then hiked into the state areas of Zoar Valley, but as night fell, they became lost and called for help.

Erie County Sheriff's Air One Helicopter used night vision goggles and infra-red cameras to locate the group.

Ground rescue crews from the Gowanda Fire Departments Zoar Valley Rescue Team and New York State Rangers were able to lead the six male and female hikers to safety around midnight.

One female hiker suffered a lacerated foot which made it hard for her walk.

Sunday night's rescue is just the latest in what has become a common summer occurrence.

Officials from the Erie County Sheriff's Office now say they think lawmakers should enact legislation penalizing hikers who use "bad judgement" and put rescuers lives at risk.

Sunday night, the group of lost hikers ignored advice and continue to move around.

It is hard enough to coordinate a rescue in pitch black conditions, says Erie County Sheriff Captain and helicopter pilot Kevin Caffery.

"These people were moving around so it caused a little bit of a problem."