Ten Tors Rescue

A Ten Tors team from Kingsbridge Community College have been praised for helping another group of 35 milers who had fallen waist deep in to a Dartmoor bog.

They heard emergency whistles being blown and had to go slightly off-route to find out what had gone wrong.

When they arrived the immediately raised the alarm by releasing the emergency button on their trackers and contacting the emergency services via phone.

This allowed a helicopter to arrive on scene with Dartmoor Rescue group who made sure the youngsters caught in the bog were safe and well.

The whole incident delayed the team by 90 minutes meaning they arrived after the 5pm deadline.

LISTEN HERE: Team Manager Neil Cameron 

The army waived the rule to make sure the team were presented with their medals meaning the grouphad completed the 35, 45 & 55 mile route.

Heart interviewed half of the group on Friday afternoon, ahead of the event, when we were at Base Camp.

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The team are now recovering safe in their homes ready for Wednesday when some of them have a maths A'Level exam.

Brigadier Piers Hankinson, Director of Ten Tors and Commander of 43 (Wessex) Brigade, said: "On behalf of those involved in running the Ten Tors and Jubilee Challenge, I would like to congratulate this team for their selfless sacrifice, potentially forfeiting their own medals to help others in need, 

"I personally met them at the finish to thank them, and directed that the competition be kept open. It was a huge privilege for me to be able to award them with their extremely well-deserved Ten Tors medals. This is an excellent example of selfless action by one group of teenagers to another in challenging circumstances.

"I would also like to thank the multi-agency Ten Tors Ops Room for its impressive coordinated response to the incident. Devon and Cornwall Police acted quickly on the emergency call and passed it to colleagues in the Army-run Operations Room at Okehampton Camp, which despatched a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter with members of Dartmoor Rescue Group on board.

"Once successfully recovered, the casualties were then looked after by the British Red Cross based in Okehampton Camp in the dedicated medical centre.

"This was an exemplary multi-agency rescue."

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