Kent

RAF Helicopter rescues boys on Sheppey beach

An RAF rescue helicopter, a lifeboat and coastguard rescue team were scrambled to search for two teenage boys lost on the Isle of Sheppey.

The boys, aged 16 and 17, called 999 at 21:57 BST on Tuesday to say they were lost, wet and cold on an unknown beach.

The boys, who were staying at a holiday park on Sheppey, north Kent, had been walking for six hours and were unable to find their way back.

They were located on Leysdown Beach, where the time was coming in.

Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, Whitstable RNLI lifeboat and the helicopter from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk were sent to the scene.

'Very relieved'

The boys were located by the Sea King's infrared camera.

"This was a particularly challenging incident, as the only information the two boys could provide us with was the name of the island they were staying on," said Thames Coastguard watch manager Aimee Rampton.

"The boys were very relieved to be found by the helicopter - the next challenge being for the coastguard rescue officers to try and find out where they were staying."

The helicopter landed on the beach, then flew the boys to the Warden Springs Football Club where the coastguard had established a landing ground.

The boys were reunited with their parents at 22:55 BST.

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