Tram­pers found quickly af­ter alarm is raised

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Three young women be­came lost in the Kaimai Range, launch­ing a search and res­cue op­er­a­tion on Sun­day.

The trio were found safely at 8.40pm, af­ter po­lice were no­ti­fied by con­cerned fam­ily mem­bers at 5.20pm.

The women, aged 19, 20 and 21, had set off at 10.30am into the bush­land to com­plete the four-hour round trip hike to Nga­muwahine, Tau­ranga Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Glenn Saun­ders said.

Fam­ily mem­bers were wor­ried about their safety af­ter they did not re­turn and could not be con­tacted by cell­phone.

The search-and-res­cue team found the trio not far from where they had left their ve­hi­cle. They did map with them.

Po­lice said, although they had done the right thing by telling fam­ily of their hik­ing plans, the women were also un­pre­pared for the con­di­tions.

‘‘They were not ap­pro­pri­ately dressed for such a walk ... Sturdy footwear and warm wa­ter­proof cloth­ing is a must at this time of the year with such change­able weather.

‘‘ For­tu­nately these women were found not too long af­ter they were re­ported miss­ing and de­spite cool tem­per­a­tures, showers and strong winds, they were safe and well and in good spir­its, much to the re­lief of their fam­ily and friends,’’ he said.

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