Twenty Irish people required assistance after showing signs of exhaustion and hypothermia whilst walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain.
The group became trapped and stranded in a mountain area by low level fog in the northern region of Navarra on Sunday afternoon. The 20-strong group of Irish pilgrims also included four blind people.
After becoming disoriented, the leaders of the group called local taxis, which were not able to reach them.
They then contacted local emergency services, who found them at around 6pm.
Firefighters were dispatched in two vehicles to the tourists’ location amid adverse weather conditions. While authorities evacuated those who were in most distress, the remainder of the group was guided to a hostel in Roncesvalles.
None of the group required hospitalization.
The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage walks in north-western Spain that culminate at the shrine of Saint James the Great at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The pilgrimage, which can often serve as a type of spiritual retreat, has become increasingly popular over the last few years.