Bushwalkers winched to safety after rescue operation at Blue Mountains

Two bushwalkers have been winched to safety following a rescue operation in the Blue Mountains.

About 6pm yesterday (Saturday 6 August 2022), emergency services were notified of an emergency beacon activation in the vicinity of Clausters Canyon, Mount Tomah.

Inquiries revealed a 25-year-old man and 18-year-old woman had gone abseiling and canyoning, when they came into trouble.

Officers from Blue Mountains Police Area Command were assisted by PolAir and the Toll Rescue helicopter to identify the location of the hikers, who notified ground crews.

About 10pm, specialist officers from Police Rescue and NSW Ambulance commenced hiking towards the location of the hikers; however, due to rough conditions and poor visibility, the operation was suspended.

About 7.30am today (Sunday 7 August 2022), the rescue operation resumed, and the hikers were winched to safety by the Toll Rescue helicopter about 9.45am.

They were treated for mild hypothermia at the scene.

PolAir returned to the scene, where two Police Rescue officers were winched.

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