The Jakarta Post
After a three-day search, two hikers missing on Mount Merapi were found on Thursday in two different locations on the mountain, which is popular among climbers and located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta.
The local search rescue unit found M. Zada Lubab, 20, and Sucipto, 32, in Kaliworo and Gendol, respectively. Both were in good condition.
“Our rescue team is on their way to evacuate them,” said Boyolali Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BPBD) search and rescue head Kurniawan Fajar Prasetyo in Barameru base camp in Selo, Boyolali regency, Central Java.
The rescue team managed to locate their positions by tracing the signal transmitted by their mobile phones.
Zada and Sucipto began their journey to the top of the mountain via Selo with 10 other hikers.
Thick fog descended when they were on their way down after spending a night at the top of the mountain, forcing them to stop their journey.
An hour later, they continued their journey until Zada injured his leg.
"Sucipto decided to accompany Zada and asked me and the other hikers to continue the journey down the mountain," said Slamet, one of the hikers.
After hours of waiting at a planned rendezvous spot, some of the 10 hikers decided to walk back up the mountain to pick them up, but to no avail.
They reported the incident to Barameru base camp, which immediately deployed the rescue team on Tuesday evening. (vla/ipa)