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Jan 24, 2006

"Navigation Error" Leads Hikers 13 km Off Trail

An Australian couple is safe following a 12-hour search, Bright Police reported. The Border Mail says the two went on a hike in the mountains on Monday and got lost. The couple were carrying a compass and a map, but not a Global Positioning System navigation unit.

A police spokesperson said a, "navigation error" led the couple off the correct path. A search and rescue effort was launched, which ultimately involved two helicopters, three police officers, 10 SES personnel, 30 bushwalkers, and finally, a plane. The couple was eventually found, after they activated an emergency radio beacon. They were 13 km from where the search was being conducted.

The Mail doesn't say, but I'm guessing that upon being rescued, one of the two responded, "See, I told you we should have stopped and asked for directions."