THREE hikers were rescued unhurt on Sunday night after they failed to return from an afternoon excursion across forested mountain slopes near Andratx.
Two English women and a Dutch woman who are resident in s'Arraco decided to go trekking across a mountain area known locally as sa Peineta in Sant Elm, where they soon became lost in the thick wooded terrain.

At about 6pm, a tourist raised the alarm with Local Police when the women failed to appear and a search was organised. Action was co-ordinated between the Guardia Civil, the Local Police in Andratx, the Majorcan Fire Service and Civil Defence groups who set off to comb the woods.

Firemen located the three women at about 8pm in the area of scrubland close to the water pumping station and water tanks. Dorin, Sally and Wendy, aged 73, 45 and 60 respectively were seen to by medical services and found principally to be suffering from hypothermia. The Police gave the women something to eat and drink prior to their being taken to a a primary care centre and examined by doctors.

One of the women, thanking all who had taken part in their dramatic rescue, spoke openly about the help they had been given by the Emergency services, praising them as being “highly professional.”