Authorities are urging residents to tell someone when and where they are hiking, after a long search ensued for a “missing” hiker who was found unharmed but simply did not let anyone know when he would return home.

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) in Cape Town set out on a long and extensive search for a hiker whose mother had reported him missing after he did not return home.

The 27-year-old was found unharmed and in good health on Tuesday, August 18 in a tent near the Gordon’s Bay mountains by K9 unit dog, Savannah.

WSAR spokesperson Johann Marais told SABC News that the search took a number of hours and included the dispatch of a helicopter, ground teams and 4×4 vehicles. Several volunteers also joined in on the search to find the missing man.

Search and Rescue is appealing to the public to please not hike alone and to let their family and friends know when they will be hiking and for how long, to avoid rescue operations that are unnecessary.

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