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British man found alive after separating from hiking group

Rescuers searching for the man last Thursday.
Rescuers searching for the man last Thursday. / SUR
  • The 52-year-old spent two nights alone on La Maroma and rescuers said he was exhausted and dehydrated

A 52-year-old British man was found alive, but dehydrated, exhausted and with an injury to one ankle in the early hours of last Friday morning after he became separated from the group he was hiking with on La Maroma mountain two days before he was found.

According to media sources following the search, he and three other people were following a route from Sedella to El Alcázar, near Alcaucín, when the man started to fall behind the others, and despite frequently checking they could see him, the group eventually lost sight of him.

Emergency services were alerted to his disappearance on Wednesday afternoon and search teams, including police, mountain rescuers and a helicopter were deployed to look for him.

After searching the area all day on Thursday, he was eventually found in the Barranco de Los Almanchares area of the mountain, which at 2,064 metres above sea level is the highest in Malaga province, in the early hours of last Friday morning.

He was taken to the Axarquía hospital in Torre del Mar for checks before being discharged the same day.