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Children found after major search in Aberdeenshire

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Media captionTwo children missing overnight in Aberdeenshire are found safe and well by an RAF search and rescue helicopter

Two children who were missing for nine hours have been found after a major search in Aberdeenshire.

Lara Rydlewicz, 14, and her brother Matthew, 12, were dropped off by their father at the Bennachie visitor centre, near Inverurie, on Monday afternoon.

The pair then set off on their bikes on a cycle trail - but failed to turn up at 16:30 when expected.

They were discovered in the early hours of Tuesday by an RAF helicopter using a night-vision camera.

Chief Insp Andrew Todd, from Grampian Police's mountain rescue team, said the area was forested and hilly with many mountain bike tracks.

He said about 25 people, including the mountain rescue team, had been drafted in to find the children as quickly as possible.

Ch Insp Todd said: "The RAF helicopter saw the kids in their night-vision camera waving when they heard the helicopter going by, which is first class.

"The kids did everything right. They did get themselves lost, as it turns out, and what they did was they waited and waited where they were warmish.

"Then when they heard the helicopter they obviously stood up and made themselves known."

He said the children were cold and tired but completely unharmed.

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