Belgians rescued in Spanish helicopter operation

CAPTION RESCUE: Belgian hikers were stuck. Credit: Guardia Civil

GUARDIA CIVIL have rescued two Belgian hikers who became lost and stranded in a Spanish mountain range. 

The duo had been making their descent from a walk in the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain when they came to a particularly difficult passage. With markers difficult to interpret they ended up taking a wrong turning then became stranded when they realised they could not continue descending and were unable to go back either. 

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They managed to contact Guardia Civil with their coordinates, who sent a mountain rescue team in a helicopter to find them. In an operation made difficult by fog, they were located and picked up at an altitude of 2,000 metres. 

They were then taken to a cable car station where they were found to be unharmed but exhausted. 


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