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Lost foreign climbers rescued in Houtong

The Ruifang Precinct yesterday rescued five lost climbers in Houtong with mobile location services yesterday afternoon.

According to the Ruifang Precinct, the five climbers, including two Canadian Filipinos, went mountain hiking in Houtong yesterday heading to the Sandiaoling mountain climbing path after arriving at Houtong Station.

However, the police said that they were lost in the mountain areas in Pingxi area, which was an important coal mining town in the early 20th century, and they called the police with a mobile phone after discovering that they could still receive and send signals.

The Ruifang Precinct said that the police asked the five lost climbers to stay where they were and used the mobile location service to narrow down the search range.

After searching for nearly an hour, the police found the five climbers and all were saved free of injury.

In order to pray for the five climbers and comfort them, the police purchased a sky lantern and wished them good luck for the rest of their trip. .

In Pingxi, every year during the Lantern Festival, people have their wishes written on sky lanterns, and they release them to the skies during the Pingxi International Sky Lantern Festival.

In 2009, the Lantern Festival had sky lanterns from Japan and Mexico on Feb. 7, and ones from China on Feb. 9.

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