Hikers stuck in canyon in Blue Mountains

Fears are held for the safety of two hikers at the Blue Mountains who set off a distress beacon, with a major police and ambulance operation underway.

A large-scale rescue operation is underway after two hikers became stuck inside a canyon overnight at the Blue Mountains.

Police say at about 2am, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated in distress.

NSW Ambulance then dispatched a rescue helicopter just before 3am and crews on board noticed a light source emanating from the Claustral canyon at Mount Tomah, about 50 km from Katoomba in the Blue Mountains region.

It has since been confirmed that two people are stuck inside the canyon, a 41-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman.

They are believed to be suffering minor injuries.

Police and ambulance rescue crews are abseiling into the canyon and a NSW Police spokesperson told NCA NewsWire the operation was expected to take considerable time.

Inspector Steven Lobley said the pair had spent the night in “very cold conditions” before setting off the beacon in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

“If you are going out hiking, please make sure you have all the essential safety equipment and understand your surroundings,” he said.

“The TOLL Ambulance Rescue Helicopter did a brilliant job winching both patients out of the canyon in difficult circumstances.”

More to come.

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