Mary-Anne Goossens RescueThe Dutch tourist Mary Anne Goosens, who back in the summer went missing for 18 days whilst walking in the hills above Nerja, has returned for a brief holiday with her family. Whilst here she is planning to visit various places around Nerja, including going for another walk up the Rio Chillar on Saturday (hopefully this time without getting lost half-way up).

Ms Goossens went missing back in June after arriving in Malaga on the 15th, planning to spend ten days on holiday here. She checked in to the Hotel Bajamar in Nerja the next day and sent a text message to her family. Since sending that message she was not in contact again with her family, her mobile phone remained off and she did not make use of her bank cards or slept in her hotel, even though her luggage was still in the room she reserved.

The last know sighting, until the rescue, of the missing Dutch tourist was in Frigiliana on Friday the 17th of June, after having been dropped off there by taxi.

The Guardia Civil conducted a search of the surrounding area with dogs and helicopters, but found no trace. A court order was obtained to check the location of her mobile phone by tracing its signal, but this did not yield any new information.

She was eventually found alive and well on the 6th of July, trapped in a pool between two waterfalls on the river Chillar, in an inaccessible area near to the source of the river. After a rescue operation lasting several hours, the 48 year old woman was freed by the Mountain Rescue team, who had to use ropes to descend into the pool, and she was transferred to Velez Malaga Hospital by helicopter. She was reported to have been in a good state of health, hungry and with some scratches, but otherwise un-harmed and was released from hospital the following day.

Her dissapearance sparked world-wide media interest and it was with great relief to all that she was found alive and well after her ordeal.

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