WATCH: 25 frozen walkers rescued from mountainside in Spain after NINE-HOUR search

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RESCUERS have reached a group of 25 walkers that became trapped in sub-zero temperatures on a mountainside in Spain.

The group, made up of people between the ages of 24 and 73, and a dog were trapped at an altitude of 1,700 metres in the Saja Besaya Natural Park with a wind chill factor of -12 celsius.

A 73-year-old woman suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion was evacuated on a stretcher and taken to hospital for treatment.

The 112 Cantabria emergency control centre said the Galician walkers were on the Jaya Cruza route, located in the vicinity of Palombera. After they made an emergency call rescuers finally located them in snow near the La Concilla peak where the temperature had plunged to -8C.

The walkers, mostly over 60-years-old and from Viga, had set off at 10 am on Sunday morning but failed to make it back to the meeting point with the bus.

Specialist mountain rescue teams, firefighters, Guardia Civil officers and Red Cross personnel were involved in the operation which saw the walkers return to their hotel at around 5am.

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