Hikers cause wild goose chase

HEYFIELD police were called to co-ordinate a search and rescue effort last Wednesday when a group of hikers failed to return home.

Two days overdue from their trek, distressed family and friends alerted police to the group’s disappearance.

Heading into the bush to locate the group, police were surprised to bump into them returning home, safe and well.

According to police, the group decided to extend their stay without informing family and friends of their plans.

While commending the hikers for the sense to advise loved ones of their itinerary before heading into the bush, as all hikers should, police were critical of them not making contact when plans changed.

Police said, hikers who did not keep relatives updated not only caused unnecessary stress when they failed to return at the allotted time, but could also waste police time and resources if searches were undertaken.