By James Warren • 19 October 2019 • 13:24
FOUND: Missing hiker discovered safe and well after 13 hours. Source: Junta de Andalucía
THE hiker that was reported missing since 12pm on Thursday 17 October has been found.
The alarm was raised at midday on Thursday by his friends after three men set off to hike the peak of La Maroma in the Sierra Tejeda-Alimajara y Alhama.
At around the point of the Tajos Lisos, one of the men began to fall back and loose distance to his friends.
After noticing they were a man down, they turned back to meet back up but their friend was nowhere to be seen.
The two hikers, of foreign nationality, descended back to base and alerted the emergency services.
Officers from the Consortium Provincial Fire Provincial Provincial Council of Malaga, the Civil Protection Service Canillas de Aceituno and the Guardia Civil were dispatched to comb the area in search of the missing hiker.
After 13 hours and with the aid of a search helicopter, the man was discovered shortly after 1am.
Reports from the Civil Protection organisation suggest he was exhausted but otherwise in good health.
He has been taken to Hospital Comarcal de la Axarquía for further checks.
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