Filipino migrant workers rescued from central Taiwan mountain

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Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Eight hikers, all of whom are migrant workers from the Philippines, had to be rescued from a mountain range in central Taiwan after the group lost its way in deep forest late Friday, the Taichung Fire Department said Saturday.

The group, which consisted of seven men and one female, had set off for a hike earlier that day on the Mount Tangmadan Trail in Guguan, a popular trekking site on the Central Cross-Island Highway on Provincial Highway 8 in Taichung.

According to the fire department, officers received a call for help on its 119 hotline from the group at around 8:39 p.m.

Through coordinates provided by the hikers on their cellphones, a search team dispatched by the local fire department managed to find them stuck roughly 200 meters above the trail entrance one hour later.

No injuries were reported, the department said, adding that the group failed to bring flashlights for the hike and lost their way after darkness fell.

The rescuers provided them with food and water, and they were later taken to a police station in Guguan.

The department called on people to be well prepared with food and water when venturing into the mountains, and to pack proper gear such as maps, mobile navigation aids and flashlights.

(By Chao Li-yan and Ko Lin)

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