Two tourists who went missing after setting off for a hike on Dog Mountain in the North Shore have been found.
NSR search manager Doug Pope says the duo left this afternoon and weren’t prepared.
The team is in the process of lifting the hikers out of the area. They appear to be unharmed.
“They’re just slightly hypothermic but not injured. We’re leading them with ropes out of the steep terrain”.
Pope says the hikers weren’t well dressed for the mountains this time of year.
“It’s winter conditions up there and foggy, rainy, and very cold. It’s not a place to be unless you’re experienced and well equipped for winter conditions.”
He says because the men are using international phones not connected to our network, using GPS to pin them down was problematic.
“We tried to locate them via their cell phones but because they’re foreign and there’s no local data plan, we’re not successful in getting GPS coordinates out of their phones.”
Pope says instead they relied on ‘old fashioned techniques’ like sound sweeps and parachute flares to locate them.