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Hiker and dog plucked to safety

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A missing hiker and his pet dog have been winched to safety in Tasmania after spending a night lost in remote bushland.

The 59-year-old man from Hobart was spotted by a rescue helicopter shortly before midday in the southern Florentine Valley.

After not returning from a day walk as scheduled on Sunday night, his family raised the alarm, sparking a large-scale air and ground search.

Tasmania Police said while the man was an experienced hiker and well prepared for a day's walk, he wasn't carrying overnight provisions.

Authorities are warning all bushwalkers to ensure they are properly prepared when venturing out into Tasmania's wilderness.