Stranded Belgian hikers rescued from Spanish mountains
Thursday, 01 August 2019
Two Belgian hikers became stranded in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Two Belgian hikers on Wednesday had to be rescued by a Guardia Civil helicopter after they were stranded for hours in a difficult passage of a mountain range in northern Spain, according to reports on Thursday.
Both Belgians began their ascent of the Picos de Europa on Wednesday morning but encountered difficulties when they reached a difficult passage where trail markings were difficult to interpret, according to Spanish media.
They continued their hike in the wrong direction until they reached a spot where they became stuck, unable to come down or continue climbing.
The hikers managed to transmit their location at around 15:00 to the Guardia Civil, who located the stranded Belgians at an altitude of around 2,000 metres in a rescue operation made difficult by fog.
The hikers were brought to a cable car station at around 17:00, they were unharmed but were extremely exhausted, the outlet reported.