Hikers lost on Mount May saved after overnight rescue operation

DRAMATIC SAVE: In a similar operation last year SES volunteers rescued three French backpackers from Mount Barney. Photo: Supplied
DRAMATIC SAVE: In a similar operation last year SES volunteers rescued three French backpackers from Mount Barney. Photo: Supplied

EMERGENCY services responded Saturday afternoon after reports of two bushwalkers missing on Mount May.

A Boonah police spokesman said they received the 000 call from the hikers about 3.30pm stating they were lost and required assistance.

Police and local State Emergency Services volunteers used their GPS co-ordinates started the rescue operation rescue about 6pm, walking in to retrieve the two female hikers.

Police said during the rescue one of the SES members fell and injured their arm requiring a second rescue team to be dispatched including further SES members from Tamborine and Beaudesert and local and Ipswich QFRS members.

They said the terrain was very steep and dangerous which meant the rescue was time consuming.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said three fire pumps and a specialty rescue appliance responded to a call for assistance after midnight and walked two SES members out.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said two people were taken to Ipswich Hospital about 7am Sunday, one with an arm injury and one who had been hit in the head by a falling rock.

Boonah Police extended thanks to all the members from SES and QFES who attended and without hesitation completed the difficult task to rescue one of their own.

The spokesman said the rescue took all night with the teams returning to the command post about 7am.

"This is a timely reminder to anyone considering bushwalking in the Scenic Rim to be prepared and to know the path you are taking," he said.

"This will avoid any injury to yourself or people tasked to rescue you if you are lost."