Glen Esk, scene of the search. Photo: Ian Cleland CC-BY-SA-2.0

Glen Esk, scene of the search. Photo: Ian Cleland CC-BY-SA-2.0

A police helicopter was called out to search for a group of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award teenagers lost in the Scottish hills.

Police in Tayside were alerted at 3.45pm on Sunday after the group of six were reported overdue on an expedition in Glen Esk, north of Brechin.

The Police Scotland Tayside Division Mountain Rescue Team was called out and other local mountain rescue volunteers joined the search for the teenagers, who had last been seen walking towards Hill of Turret.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “The Police Scotland helicopter was called upon to search the area and the group were quickly traced on a path four miles off their intended route.

“The helicopter landed and Captain Trott and Constables McLaren and Graham were able to check on the welfare of the group before they were met by local officers who chaperoned them back to base.

“While the group was properly kitted out and the weather was kind, the outcome could have been very different and the swift actions of the Police Scotland mountain rescue and helicopter units helped to ensure the safety of six young teenagers lost in Glen Esk.”

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