THE Guardia Civil in Spain’s Almeria have rescued four members of a French family who became disoriented whilst hiking in the mountainous area of El Morrón de San José in Almeria.
A distress call was made to the emergency Communications Center 062 after 21.00 hours on January 24, informing that the family had been hiking since 10.00 am that day but had become disorientated and could only offer their location to be near a farmhouse “Fuente Alta” at an altitude of 1,740 meres.
A rescue team was deployed to the area, due to the difficulty of the area and severe weather conditions by the time the rescue team arrived at the specified location it was late and there was no trace of the family.
After a new location was obtained and the search resumed, the family were finally located at 2 a.m. in a shelter located in the area known as La Montera.
The return journey on foot to the cars took over three hours due to exhaustion and the strong blizzard. The rescued family, two men aged 69 and 35 along with two women aged 41 and 30, who had been exposed to zero degree temperatures for over 20 hours needed medical assistance on their return for hypothermia.