They were missing for four days. Hope was fading. But more than 100 of our wonderful emergency services personnel were not about to give up. And this story had a happy ending.
Here are the words of thanks from the two hikers, Trevor Salvado and Cindy Bohan:
"To our unknown far and wide fraternity of people who cared - many of you will remain anonymous - known only to yourselves, your family, your bushwalking group, fellow SES volunteers, what's the collective term for 'behind the scenes' supporters, dog handlers, the people who prayed, the list could go on: THANK YOU.
We are the two hikers who 'got lost' on Mt Buffalo. This letter in the local news is for the local people; the people who looked after our kids, who offered our family a house in Bright, who gave chocolate slice to our friends on the mountain, who gave up a precious long weekend with family and friends to search under rocks, pull those boots on again and get out there to help us not be statistics to our beautiful but potentially treacherous bush.
IN OTHER NEWS:
We can only say THANKYOU. We love the Australian bush, we love to visit country towns, scouring the local op shops, taking a walk on a track, chatting and sharing a story and this experience has reminded us that we love and appreciate people: people who supported the search for us - two city people lost on Buffalo.
We were lost in the minds of people (where on the map were we) but we were never lost in your hearts. How can we ever thank you? Feel proud of your commitment to the wonderful country Australia is, if you recognise us next time we are in your town or favourite hiking place, tell us your role in our search, we would personally like to thank you.
And if we never cross paths, please believe we are truly grateful for your support - don't dismiss it as 'just a little' support, because as Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody wrote - 'from little things big things grow'. Forever truly indebted to so man.
Trevor Salvado and Cindy Bohan
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