Search team rescues 2 Israelis trapped on Greek mountain
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Search team rescues 2 Israelis trapped on Greek mountain

Weather conditions hampered airlift of tourists, located after going off trail on Astraka peak due to heavy fog

North face of Greece's Mount Astraka covered in fog. (CC BY-SA Kkostagiannis, Wikimedia commons)
North face of Greece's Mount Astraka covered in fog. (CC BY-SA Kkostagiannis, Wikimedia commons)

Two Israeli hikers were rescued Tuesday after being stranded overnight on a mountain in northern Greece after rescue efforts had been hampered by weather conditions.

The two, in their 20s, became stuck on the Astraka peak in the Pindus mountain range in northwestern Greece without food and equipment, having wandered off the marked path due to the fog, the Foreign Ministry said.

A search and rescue team located the two, but  had to wait for heavy fog to clear so that a helicopter could be sent to airlift them down.

Their condition was not immediately clear. The Foreign Ministry said it had contacted the families of the two.

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