Four hikers, who were reported missing in Bankhead National Forest Sunday, were found Monday afternoon around 12:45 p.m., according to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Tim Sandlin said four hikers from Limestone County were reported lost in the forest Sunday night after one hiker injured his ankle during their excursion.

“(The injury) put them behind. It got dark, the weather set in and they couldn’t get out,” Sandlin said. “It’s not a serious injury, as it turns out.”

Sandlin said a small search team was unable to locate the missing people Sunday night due to heavy rains and low visibility. Members of Lawrence and Morgan County rescue squads resumed their search early Monday morning.

“Huntsville Cave Rescue did respond, but we had already located and gotten them out by the time they arrived,” said Sandlin. “Everyone was accounted for, and everyone’s good.”

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