Two bushwalkers have been rescued after becoming lost while hiking through the Coree area on the ACT border.

The 28-year-old man and 24-year-old woman made a call for help to Triple Zero just before 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon and were able to provide the coordinate to their location.

However, due to the thickness of the bushland, rescue crews weren’t able to reach the pair for almost another four hours.

Both were guided out of the area by Search and Rescue personnel and were able to drive home on their own vehicle.

Act Policing’s Detective Inspector Donna Hofmeier said both hikers have also been issued with a fine for breaching the ACT’s current public health orders by exceeding the one hour daily limit on outdoor exercise.

“The COVID rules in the ACT are clear, they allow for one hour of outdoor exercise a day.”

“These people had planned a 12-kilometre hike, which would obviously take more than an hour to complete.”

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“They were insufficiently equipped for it, making it almost inevitable things would go wrong.”

“I hope this serves as a lesson, not just to these hikers, but to the whole community at this time.”

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