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Injured hikers rescued from Tas wilderness

By AAP Newswire

Injured hikers have been rescued from the Tasmanian wilderness after spending two nights stranded in a remote mountain hut.

The trio from India developed hypothermia while hiking in the Cradle Mountain area on Friday but windy and snowy conditions stymied several helicopter rescue attempts.

Other walkers helped the group and they sheltered in the mountain's historic Kitchen Hut before police and paramedics arrived.

Clear skies and calmer weather allowed a rescue chopper to pluck the hikers - aged 28, 37 and 45 - from the mountain on Sunday morning and they were taken to hospital in Launceston.

Authorities have urged people planning to hike in remote parts of the state to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions and carry emergency communication equipment.

"Without the assistance of other walkers who possessed such equipment the matter could have resulted in more serious injuries or fatalities," police said in a statement after the rescue.