Chopper rescues hikers after NYE mishap
TWO Cairns hikers have had a New Year's Day adventure they'll never forget.
Renier Pienaar, 21, and Jemin Yun, 22, had well-laid plans to hike to the top of Walsh's Pyramid to catch the sunrise on the first day of the new year.
"At 2am we set out and got to the base and started climbing at 3am," Mr Pienaar said.
"We wanted to be at the top to see the sunrise, as a way to ring in 2019."
But it wasn't long before disaster struck.
"At the three-quarter mark, Jemin's legs had muscle spasms and he couldn't walk anymore," Mr Pienaar said.
"It was quite stressful. We weren't sure how we were going to get down."
Mr Pienaar called 000 and a rescue helicopter was sent to retrieve the pair.
"From the time of the call to when the helicopter arrived, it was about two hours.
"We sat down and had a chat. We had some water and food with us, so we were OK."
He said Mr Yun was looked over by the doctor on board the Rescue 510 helicopter and was told to rest up.
"It definitely beats your usual fireworks to start the new year," he joked.
"My mum even said before we went that we'd be sent down in a helicopter, so we told her she jinxed our trip."