Forty Army Cadets Rescued from mountain in Northern Ireland

Forty Army Cadets Rescued Northern Ireland
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Forty Army Cadets Rescued from mountain in Northern Ireland. Emergency services were called to the scene Wednesday morning.

Three rescue helicopters were involved in the operation to bring the cadets, who were mostly aged between 12 and 17, to safety.

More than 70 were on a training exercise in the Mourne Mountains County Down when they got into difficulties.  There were 63 teens.

About 20 of them were suffering from hypothermia.

The Ministry of Defence thanked the rescue teams for their help and the way they swung into operation.

The cadets from Middlesbrough were at their annual camp in Northern Ireland. Carrying out adventure training and going on cultural visits. They were there to learn.  It must have been one of the biggest lessons ever.

Some of the group needed assistance with minor injuries after slipping on stones. Several treated for the effects of exposure.

Coastguard was alerted by Northern Ireland Police and ambulance service just before midday.

The Mournes are a range south of Belfast which is extremely popular with walkers. But like all mountains the weather conditions can be unpredictable and can catch you out.

Report: Rebecca Russell-Cooper.

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