Police say seven teenage boys have been airlifted to safety by helicopter after getting lost on Dartmoor. The 14-year-olds were practicing for the annual Ten Tors trek across the national park when they became disorientated in low cloud yesterday afternoon.
– Devon and Cornwall Police
The boys, who were overdue in meeting up with their teachers, realised that they needed assistance and sensibly stopped walking in the worsening conditions.
The helicopter crew searched the moor in the area of Hangingstone Hill and located the boys safe and well near Great Kneeset.
As the conditions were deteriorating fast the helicopter lifted the boys and their kit from the moor, making two flights to and from Okehampton military camp, where they were reunited with their teachers.
The boys were from a school in Wiltshire.