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WEIRD NEWS: Take a Hike!
An Australian man who went hiking in the New South Wales Blue Mountains with only potatoes and bread was fined for being ill prepared.
The 29-year-old began his hike in the rugged mountains on Wednesday afternoon and told his friends it would take him three days to reach his destination. The friends contacted police when he failed to arrive on Saturday, launching a search involving two police helicopters.
Rescue workers located the hiker, who had suffered a minor ankle injury.
The man declined treatment and was taken to the Katoomba police station, where he was slapped with the fine.
"We believed the 29-year-old placed himself and the search teams at risk through his lack of planning and preparation, and through carrying inadequate provisions," NSW Police Force Rescue commander Brenton Charlton said. "The man had with him a kilo of potatoes and naan bread." (The Sydney Morning Herald)