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Rescue operation for 43 cadets 'in difficulty' in Mourne Mountains

More than 50 people were 'in difficulty' in the Mourne Mountains.

Emergency teams were dispatched to rescue more than 40 army cadets "in difficulty" on mountains in Northern Ireland.

The UK Coastguard helped police and paramedics conduct the rescue operation in the Mourne Mountains, County Down, on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency services were alerted to the group being stranded following "increment weather", according to the UK coastguard.

Following the rescue, five walkers were treated for ankle injuries and a further four for the effects of exposure.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the group included 43 young people and 10 leaders.

They were on an annual camp from Middlesbrough.

The group was caught in 'increment weather'.

A spokesperson said: "PSNI and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service contacted UK Coastguard just before 12pm today (2 August) requesting assistance after receiving several reports that a large number of people were in difficulty after being caught out in inclement weather.

"Initial reports suggest that all members of the group are accounted for, however four people may be suffering from exposure."

A mountain rescue team spokesperson added: At the minute there is no one in difficulty because they are all being looked after.

"At the minute it is nothing out of the ordinary."

Rescue teams from Newcastle, Bangor and Kilkeel, as well as helicopters based at Caernarfon and Prestwick, were involved in the operation.

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