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American hikers get lost in Teide National Park 

A full-scale rescue mission was launched in the Teide National Park after a group of five American hikers lost their way.

The group, including a child, were enjoying a day out in the spectacular terrain when they got separated from others and were confused over the way back.

An alert was sent out to the 112 emergency centre which activated the rescue services, including medics, the Civil Guard, police, cable car personnel, emergency helicopter and the National Park team. It was approaching 6pm but still light.

The group had been following the footpath 7 in the area of La Rambleta.

The rescue helicopter flew over the area several times and firemen searched the Mon-taña Blanca zone where the walkers were found safe and well.

They were transported back in 4×4 vehicles to the base of the cable car where they had parked their vehicles.