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Helicopter rescue of teenage Girls Brigade stranded on mountain

The group were hiking in the Mourne Mountains and had their call cut off before getting through to

THIS EVENING A rescue effort in Northern Ireland has assured the safety of a group of teenage girls.

This happened when a call was made to the emergency services from a member of the Girls Brigade.

The call was cut off before the caller was able to speak to an operator and attempts by the police service to reconnect the call were unsuccessful.

Following this, members of the PSNI Search and Rescue branch and the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team became involved in the operation to locate the group and ensure their safety.

A helicopter provided by the Irish Coastguard was also involved in the operation.

An element of urgency came into the operation as light began to fade and visibility worsened.

The group was located by the search teams and safely removed from the mountain.

Two of the girls were found to be suffering the effects of extreme cold and one was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

The girls have this evening been returned to their parents.

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