Erez Szpakier 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Facebook)
The brother of Erez Szpakier – a 24-year-old Israeli hiker who was missing for
around five days in Chile – said Thursday evening that his brother had been
found in good health.
Shaul Szpakier wrote on his Facebook page that his
father and uncle were on their way to meet Erez.
“We understood he
slipped or deviated from the path,” Shaul wrote.
authorities and an insurance company’s search and rescue team had been scouring
Chile’s Puyehue National Park for Erez.
A Foreign Ministry official said
Thursday that the embassy in Santiago was in contact with both local officials
and Erez’s family. The official said the hiker was believed to have entered the
park on his own.
The massive park, located in the Andes, is known for its
thermal springs, volcanoes – some of them active – and lush evergreen forests.