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Another rescue from Stirling Range after hiker becomes disorientated on Ellen Peak

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Sean Van Der WielenGreat Southern Herald


The ridge track between
Bluff Knoll and Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range
National Park.
Camera Icon The ridge track between Bluff Knoll and Ellen Peak in the Stirling Range National Park. Credit: Kris Nostrini/supplied

A man police have described as an “experienced” hiker has had a lucky escape after becoming lost in the Stirling Range National Park.

The hiker, in his late 40s, was rescued from Ellen Peak about 10pm on Saturday after becoming disoriented because of changing weather conditions.

“From my understanding he was an experienced hiker but it was the change of weather conditions which caused the trouble,” Gnowangerup police officer-in-charge Sgt Tom Grieve said.

“It is an eight-hour hike . . . when he started it was nice and sunny and then the weather changed.”

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Police say the man contacted emergency services about 4pm on Saturday alerting them to his circumstances.

Gnowangerup police, SES, St John Ambulance, Parks and Wildlife Service and members of the public helped with the recovery mission.

The man was not injured.

Sgt Grieve expressed his gratitude to those involved in the rescue.

“My thanks go to the members of the public who went to assist, as well as the emergency crews who enabled the hiker to be retrieved safely,” he said.

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