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Missing hunters found safe and well

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The father and son who were overdue from a hunting trip in Waioeka Gorge near Opotiki have been found safe and well.

"The pair found their own way out of the bush this morning at around 9am," says a police media spokesperson.

Fears for the pair grew after they were reported missing last night around 8pm.

"The pair are experienced hunters but weren’t prepared for an overnight stay."

Police would like to thank Whakatane LandSAR volunteers for their time this morning.

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