Rescue teams from the Guardia Civil post Cañete La Real have rescued two hikers in separate operations two days ago. In the first rescue the lost hiker called the emergency services on his phone telling them that he was lost and he was unable to tell them exactly where he was. This prompted a search that lasted for more than two hours, until he was located in an area known as Puerto Los Pilones. The rescued individual, a Spanish national, who was physically exhausted, as well as disoriented, was taken by the Guardia Civil to Los Quejigales where he had parked his car, from where he drove himself home.

In the separate incident, Guardia Civil officers noticed an unoccupied parked car at around 9.30pm in the area known as “the Escalereta Pinsapo”. Suspecting that there was something wrong, they began a search of the nearby paths and trails, within a radius of several hundred of meters, when they heard cries for help. They then found a person lying on the ground with signs of hypothermia, very bruised and dehydrated. The rescuers gave him food and water that they had with them. When the walker, a French national, had regained his strength, he was returned to his car and he drove home.

The Guardia Civil blames lack of knowledge of the area and lack of proper advance planning for the problems that the two individuals ran into.

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