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Police believe the rescue of a 47-year-old bush- walker from the Bibbulmun Track yesterday proves the importance of carrying a personal tracking device when hiking or prospecting.

The hiker, who activated his tracking device after getting lost and becoming unwell because of hot temperatures, was reunited with his family at Jandakot Airport last night.

Insp. Ian Clarke said police were contacted and advised of the man's location - about 80km south of Perth, west of Albany Highway near North Bannister - about 5.30pm.

He said the man, who was carrying plenty of water, was then found in good health about 6.50pm thanks to the information provided by the device.

"Police want to reinforce the value of carrying a personal tracker and the fact that this person was quickly able to gain help," Insp. Clarke said.