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Dutch tourist found alive after 18 days 'trapped’ in Spanish hole

Police say a Dutch tourist has been found alive 18 days after she fell in a hole while walking in mountains in southern Spain.

Civil Guard spokesperson Hector Ortega said that a group of mountaineers had found Mary Anne Goossens, 48-years old, caught among boulders close to the source of the Chillar River outside the resort town of Nerja early Wednesday.

The mountaineers were unable to rescue Goossens, but left her food and clothing before alerting regional emergency services. She was reported to be weak but uninjured.

Ortega said police mountain rescue teams had been dispatched to the area to find her.

He said Goossens had some food when she set out walking. Water from a nearby spring also helped her survive, he added.