BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) – Two Canadian hikers who hadn’t been seen since Wednesday were found safe and unhurt Sunday afternoon.

Gabriel Fortin, 31, of Gatineau, Quebec, and Stephanie Desilets, 27, of Ottawa were spotted by an Army National Guard helicopter just after noon and were flown to safety.

Fish and Game Lt. Doug Gralenski said the pair had set out Tuesday to hike the presidential range from north to south. They were last seen Wednesday, leaving a cabin on Mt. Adams, and had planned to end up at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center in Crawford Notch on Thursday. They were reported missing late Saturday, but the search did not begin until Sunday because of the dark.

Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus said the pair had figured out where they were after getting off course but were having trouble getting back due to bad weather. Though it was mild on Wednesday, it turned wet and windy later in the week.

“Thursday was good, but it ended with the winds kicking up and they blew significantly, around 90 mph,” Gralenski said.

The couple was well-prepared for the weather and had snowshoes, a tent and a GPS unit with them. Members of both families had arrived in Crawford Notch to await news.


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