Injured hiker located by police and local SES volunteers

LUCKY ESCAPE: local SES volunteers joined police in a foot search to locate a missing hiker.
LUCKY ESCAPE: local SES volunteers joined police in a foot search to locate a missing hiker.

A lucky hiker has avoided a cold night out in the Flinders Ranges thanks to police and local state emergency services.

The hiker was reported as missing by a friend just before 9.30pm last night after he had been hiking around Devil’s Peak, near Quorn.

The man had injured his ankle and was unable to make it down from the peak and back to his vehicle.

Fortunately, the hiker was still within phone reception and was able to give a detailed description of his surroundings to police.

With the assistance of SES volunteers and thanks to local knowledge, police commenced a foot search of the area and were able to locate the man at 1.45am this morning.

The incident has come as a reminder to all hikers to ensure that they are prepared for any situation that may arise.

Police are cautioning all hikers to wear suitable clothing and to carry the appropriate equipment in case they do get stuck overnight.