Lost family rescued from Braunton Burrows

An image from the police helicopter thermal camera shows the moment the lost mum and her children ar

An image from the police helicopter thermal camera shows the moment the lost mum and her children are found on Braunton Burrows. - Credit: Archant

Police helicopter searches after mum and young children get lost in the dark.

Braunton Burrows.

Braunton Burrows. - Credit: Archant

THE police helicopter helped rescue a distraught mother and her two children after they were lost in the middle of Braunton Burrows last night (Sunday).

Police said they received an emergency call from the ‘panicking’ woman at 7.20pm, who had been walking on the Burrows with her children aged 10 and three, who were becoming cold and upset.

They had been out since 6pm, but as darkness fell she became completely disorientated and couldn’t find her way back to her car park in the dark.

Local police had been talking to her on her mobile phone but could not work out where the family was as she said she could not see any lights or landmarks.


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The police helicopter had just completed another job at Launceston and flew to Braunton.

As they approached the helicopter crew telephoned her and used a thermal imaging camera plus night vision goggles to quickly find the three ‘in the middle of the vast area’.

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The family were guided onto the helicopter and flown the mile back to their car to be left in the care of local police officers.

Police said the mum and her children were unhurt and allowed to go home.

* Was this you? We’d like to hear about your frightening walk on Braunton Burrows – call us on 01271 345056 or email newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk.

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