A British climber and his companion from New Zealand were yesterday safe and sound after having spent Sunday night lost along the sa Fosca river in Escorca, north Majorca.
According to 112 emergency service sources, which yesterday called in the assistance of the special mountain rescue team and a Guardia Civil helicopter to help comb the search area from the sky, the pair had apparently got lost at mid-day on Sunday.
The two men aged 26 and 29 and understood to be crew members from one of the yachts in Palma, were eventually found at mid-day yesterday by search teams from the Inca and Soller fire brigades which also assisted in the rescue operation.
The two men were said to have been found in good health and they both showed signs of mild hypothermia. However, neither needed to be hospitalised. Emergency and rescue services were on alert all weekend because of the weather warning issued by the Civil protection department.
But, apart from the search mounted yesterday for the two missing hikers, last week's bank Holiday passed with no other major incidents in the Balearics.
Yesterday, the Balearic Emergency Centre lifted the weather alert which was first introduced last Tuesday.
It was increased to Orange on Friday when the gale force winds were forecast to be accompanied by heavy rain and storms.
During the alert, people were advised to stay away from the beaches and be extremely careful if heading up into the mountains because of the adverse and very localised weather conditions.
The only problems caused by the gale force winds, were to shipping.
Ferry services between the island and the mainland were suspended on two separate days last week.
The winds reached a high of 150 kilometres per hour last Wednesday in Capdepera.


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