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Family of US hiker trapped in New Zealand relieved

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) – The father of a Wisconsin college student trapped for nine days in the New Zealand wilderness with her boyfriend says the two are adept at solving problems and they made good decisions.

Erica Klintworth and boyfriend Alec Brown became trapped when a snowstorm prevented them from crossing a river and returning from a backpacking trip that began June 1. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students were finally able to cross Sunday.

Dane Klintworth, of Neenah, says the couple made the right decision to wait to cross the raging river and to ration their food.

He says he and his wife didn’t learn the 21-year-olds were missing until Saturday morning. He says it was the worst day of their lives until they got word that night that the two were safe.

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