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13 mountaineers stranded on Mt. Apo rescued

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Thirteen mountaineers stranded on Mt. Apo were rescued on Monday afternoon, the city spokesperson confirmed.

They were safe and were given medical attention at Lake Agco situated at the foot of the country’s highest peak, Psalmer Bernalte, the city information officer, said.
The trekkers were rescued by combined troops of the 57th Infantry Battalion and personnel of Kidapawan City Tourism Office at 3 p.m. Monday, Capt. Raul Villegas, spokesman of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, said.
Some of the mountaineers sustained bruises due to the slippery terrain, according to Bernalte.
Villegas said the mountaineers came from Manila, Surigao, and Davao City.

They went up Mt. Apo on the morning of October 4 but failed to come down by October 6, Sunday, said Villegas.
Torrential rains in the past three days caused the rivers to swell, making the trail impassable.
Kidapawan City is set to stage its annual Octo-trek on October 17-20 and October 24-27 up the volcano. The trek is open to locals and foreigners.
According to the City Tourism Office, at least 1,000 trekkers have gone up Mt. Apo since October 1. —KG, GMA News