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Missing group of 52 found safe after night in mountains

A GROUP of 52 Shanghai tourists who went missing in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, were found safe and well yesterday, rescuers said.

The tourists were visiting the Linhai Scenery Area when contact with them was lost after they were caught in torrential rain about 2pm on Saturday.

Rain had hindered their progress to a meeting point where a driver was waiting to pick them up. When he could not contact the group due to a poor signal in the mountainous area, the driver called the police.

The Shanghai and Hangzhou emergency rescue teams started a search at 2am yesterday.

Local police and other members of the tourist group joined the search.

The missing tourists were found safe on a hillside at 6am yesterday.

Liu Yedao, leader of the Hangzhou rescue team, said they had not expected to spend the night in the hills so did not have tents and food.

"It can be very dangerous to stay overnight in the mountains as it gets cold," said Liu.

With an increase in private groups taking to the hills and recent incidents in which a hiker and a rescuer died, concerns have been raised about safety and supervision.


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