Three bushwalkers were found safe and well in Morton National Park after the group was reported overdue to police on Thursday.
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Police were notified about 9pm that the group from Nowra had not returned from an overnight stay near the Castle, west of Ulladulla.
The men aged 75, mid 40s and 16 phoned a relative about 10am on Thursday, saying they would be later than anticipated, South Coast Police District Inspector Deb O’Reilly said.
“They were apparently due back at noon yesterday, they said we will be a bit longer than anticipated,” Insp O’Reilly said.
Police established a command centre at the Long Gully car park where the group’s car was parked.
With the assistance of a NSW Ambulance Toll helicopter a light source was identified about 500 to 600 metres from the car park in a “thick bush area”.
Rescuers went into the bushland and found the three men safe and well about 2.45am, Insp O’Reilly said.
Insp O’Reilly said the group was well prepared with camping supplies and had picked a spot to camp once it became dark.
“A really good outcome,” she said.
Police appreciated the efforts of SES volunteers and NSW Ambulance staff.
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