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Missing teenage campers found safe and asleep in Teesdale
A GROUP of young adventurers, who were reported missing in the wilds of County Durham, were found safe, sound and asleep in their tent by rescuers.
The teenagers from the York area were reported missing by a supervisor on Saturday night.
The five youngsters, who are completing their gold Duke of Edinburgh awards, had spent the first of a four-day stay in the region walking in the Cow Green Reservoir area of Teesdale in County Durham, but failed to arrive at a designated meeting point.
Their concerned teacher contacted police and the Teesdale and Weardale Mountain Search and Rescue Team were also despatched to find the missing group.
Steve Owers, press officer for the search team, was one of three members sent out with dogs to find the teens.
He said: “We were called at about midnight, but by the time we got to the reservoir the group had been found.
“Essentially, there had been a misunderstanding between the group and their supervisor over where they were supposed to meet and they had missed each other.
“The group had set up their tent, cooked some food and gone to sleep.”
A special constable from Durham Police found the group at around 2am.
Mr Owers said: “They were all fast asleep and perfectly fine when they were found.
“Everybody did the right thing and fortunately this is a happy outcome.”
The special constable team also recounted the tale on Twitter, saying they found the group in their tent.
One tweet said the pupils had failed to reach a check point and had not been seen for several hours.
A further update said they had been found in their tent where they had no mobile phone signal.
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