updated 10/16/2009 12:13:45 AM ET 2009-10-16T04:13:45

Three hikers reported missing in Kings Canyon National Park in central California have been found safe.

Park officials say San Bernardino Police Officer Lanier Rogers and brothers Jordan Zeman and Jake Zeman were rescued Thursday afternoon after being spotted by the park's helicopter earlier in the day.

The hikers were reported missing Monday night by their families.

The three men told their rescuers they were stranded on a ledge above a waterfall for three days. The waterfall is about a quarter mile from the village of Cedar Grove.

Rogers and the Zeman brothers had an emotional reunion with family members shortly after their rescue.

The men began their six-day, 65-mile hike at the Road's End trail on Oct. 7 and planned to hike to elevations as high as 14,000 feet.

They were scheduled to return to their vehicles Monday afternoon.

Searchers were called from around the state to aid Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the search effort, which was hampered by the storm that hit much of the state .

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