Five hikers were rescued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Air Support yesterday after getting lost for several hours on Mt Hololo yesterday. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

Five hikers were reunited with their loved ones after being rescued from a traumatic ordeal in which they were lost for several hours during a hike at Mt. Hololo, St. Ann’s, yesterday. At 2 pm on August 16th, the group, which consisted of three men and two women, ages 19-20, all from the Enterprise, Chaguanas, were on the hiking trail when they encountered a landslide that derailed them from the course.

During the detour into the forested area to circumvent the landslide, one of the women suffered a sprain to her left leg. The group subsequently became lost and managed to contact another friend about the ongoing situation. As the night drew and with no updates from the group, the friend contacted the police at 7.30 pm and the E-999 Emergency Centre immediately initiated a search and rescue exercise.

The rescue operation later involved the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) Air Support Unit (ASU), Cybercrime Unit, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) and Regiment (TTR), and a good Samaritan who was familiar with the terrain. With the Herculean efforts of all parties, the rescuers were able to pinpoint the group’s location, bringing them to safety and reunite them with their families.

The rescue team included Inspector (Ag.), Ronny Rampallard, and his team at the ASU with drone support, W/Inspector (Ag.), Renee BainKeller, of the Belmont Police Station, Fire Station Officer (Ag.), Lavaughn Jones, and a party from the TTFS Land Search and Rescue Section, Santa Cruz, and Second Lieutenant Stefon Christopher and his team from the First Infantry Batallion of the TTR. The TTPS has asked persons to be extremely careful when they go on their hikes as almost daily, there are heavy rains and landslides occurring throughout the country.