Missing foreign hiker rescued near La Palma volcano

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Missing foreign hiker rescued near La Palma volcano
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Missing foreign hiker rescued near La Palma volcano’s exclusion zone.

Officers from the Guardia Civil were able to locate a missing foreign citizen on Sunday, November 14. The man had gone missing on Saturday night close to the volcano’s exclusion zone. The exclusion zone has been set up to keep people safe due to the volcanic eruptions.

The man was discovered in the municipality of El Paso. According to the Guardia Civil, they received a tipoff on Saturday night saying that a hiker had become lost near El Paso. The man had managed to contact the emergency services by mobile phone but was lost a did not know his location.

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The emergency services swung into action to try and locate the hiker. Contact was lost with the man at around 3am on Sunday. It is thought that the battery in the mobile phone may have died.

The Special Mountain Rescue Intervention Group of the Civil Guard (GREIM) were activated to help with the rescue after contact was lost. They began searching for the man. Fortunately, the rescue mission was able to find the missing hiker after a few hours. The man was conscious and had several scratches on him but otherwise, he was in good health.

The missing hiker was later transferred in order to receive a medical assessment at a health centre.


 


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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