EASTON, MASS. (WHDH) – Two teenagers literally walked out of the woods after an hour-long search and rescue mission in Easton, officials say.
Helicopters and ATVs were brought in after authorities learned around 4:50 p.m. that the teenagers had gotten lost in a wooded area near the Southeast Regional Technical High School.
Emergency personnel from several surrounding towns helped crews navigate the acres of woods between Prospect and Turnpike streets
Meanwhile, several sports training and youth games were held in nearby fields, which worried families who saw first responders set up command centers.
“Police, rescue teams from different towns, they were taking out ATVs, helicopters – it’s busy there,” one woman told 7NEWS.
Parents said they heard chainsaws operating at one point as crews worked to clear a path after a helicopter spotted the teenagers early in the evening.
By 8.50pm, the two 16-year-olds had emerged from the woods and were being checked by paramedics to make sure they were okay.
“The challenges were the thick brush and the recent rains created a really muddy environment, so our crews had a really hard time getting to them,” Easton Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Carroll said. “Both parts were extracted four hours into the incident, assessed by Easton Fire and returned to their parents shortly thereafter.”
“A very good result, exactly what we wanted to see,” said Carroll.
Officials said an app used to pinpoint the exact location of the two teenagers was also a big help.
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