Belgian hikers lost themselves in the Sierra de Frigiliana

The Belgian couple, along with the rural guard Julio Fernández and the head of the Local Police of Frigiliana, Plácido Navas. / SOUTH

They rescue a pair of Belgian hikers who had lost themselves in the Sierra de Frigiliana

The rural guard Julio Fernández and the head of the Local Police, Plácido Navas, located them at 10 pm yesterday in the Las Lomillas area of ​​the Chíllar river, they were following the signs for the Nerja hotel where they were staying

The Riu Mónica de Nerja hotel where they were staying alerted the rural guard at 6 pm yesterday as the couple of Belgian tourists had not yet returned to the establishment. From the reception they called the Local Police of Frigiliana, since they had commented that they intended to make the route that connects the Nerja Cave with the axárquica locality, through the Chíllar river channel, the Fuente del Esparto and Los Apretaderos. A search was quickly activated, consisting of the head of the Frigilianense Local Police, Plácido Navas, the rural guard Julio Fernández and a patrol of the Civil Guard.

After contacting the hikers through the mobile phone and after three hours of searching, they were located in an area of ​​very difficult access, in the surroundings known as Lomillas del Chíllar, behind the Cruz del Pinto. “They got confused arriving in Frigiliana, they went south, after walking from 7.00 in the morning, they were tired and disoriented, but in good condition, it was not necessary to take them to the health center.

With the aim of increasing surveillance of subtropical farms to prevent theft of avocados and mangoes, as well as assaults on homes in the countryside, the City Council has hired Julio Fernández and Lorenzo López as rural guards, a position contemplated by the Ministry of Interior. After completing the corresponding training, for the moment, they have a three-month contract. “Julio Fernández knows the mountains perfectly because he and his farther before him are goatherds, thanks to him we were able to locate these hikers much faster,” said Navas. The man is 53 years old and the woman 50.

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