Three Israeli backpackers trapped on a mountainside in southern Chile were rescued Wednesday, after apparently spending a night on the summit.
A civilian helicopter participating in search and rescue efforts located the hikers on the mountain in Puyehue National Park.
Israel’s deputy ambassador to Chile, Jonathan Barel, confirmed the backpackers had been rescued, the Walla news website said.
According to reports, the hikers became stranded in the national park after the sun went down Tuesday evening.
Chilean search and rescue services began looking for the trapped backpackers after receiving a distress call from the three.
Rescue crews from Israel’s Harel insurance company and Magnus International Search and Rescue assisted in the search, in cooperation with the Chilean company PassportCard.
The rescue crews coordinated their efforts with the Foreign Ministry.
Puyehue National Park, located in the Andes, is Chile’s most popular national park, with hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. The park is home to a number of volcanoes.
In January, an Israeli woman drowned in Guatemala and in October an Israeli tourist died in Bolivia from altitude sickness.