HALIFAX -- A drone with night-vision equipment was used early Saturday morning to find a pair of missing hikers in a wooded area of Halifax.

Police received a call shortly after midnight that two women had gone hiking on the Long Lake Trails in Halifax and had not returned.

Due to the size of the area and unknown location of the missing hikers, Halifax Regional Municipality Fire & Emergency responded with a drone.

Shortly before 3 a.m., the hikers -- aged 53 and 58 -- were located utilizing the drone's night-vision equipment.

A Police Service dog and officers with night-vision equipment were directed to the hikers' location.

Neither hiker was injured, but were checked by paramedics as a precaution.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2019.