Mountain News: Female mountaineer missing in Mt. Banahaw, rescued

On Monday, May 27, 2013, it was reported that a female hiker, later identified as Gina Gacutan, was issing in Mt. Banahaw, following a hike over the weekend with two other companions and a local guide. Search and rescue operations followed.

At 11:20 AM, May 27 (Monday), PinoyMountaineer received this message from Ms. Sally Pangan. Park Superintendent of Mt. Banahaw: ‘No update yet on missing hiker but the search and rescue team has already been dispatched’. 

At 4:00 PM on the same day, we were told that the mountaineer was found near the crater, which is below the summit rim of Banahaw. GMA News reported that the hiker was ‘dehydrated’ and had cuts and bruises.

Mt. Banahaw is currently officially off-limits to mountaineers, and this was pointed out by park officials.

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