By CBS13 Staff

PINECREST (CBS13) — A four-year-old child with mild hypothermia was among the four people rescued from a hike near Pinecrest Lake over the weekend.

The Tuolumne County Fire Department says crews responded to the far side of Pinecrest Lake around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to rescue four people stranded in the snow.

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Rescuers hiked for about 45 minutes on snowshoes to get to the stranded group.

Rescuers say the group was not prepared for the cold conditions. (Credit: Tuolumne County Fire Department)

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Once found, rescuers say the group appeared unprepared for the cold conditions. A total of four people needed to be rescued, including a four-year-old who rescuers say was already suffering from mild hypothermia.

After warming, feeding, and giving water to the group, rescuers hiked back with them – with firefighters helping carry the child.

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The fire department urges people to understand that winter hiking around the lake is not for beginners. Hikers need to be prepared for all situations before starting out.