Trampers found quickly after alarm is raised
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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