Missing raft boys found in pub.
The coastguard, police, ambulance service and RAF Boulmer were all out scouring the river banks in Northumberland on Monday evening. The two 19-year-olds had launched their raft from Haughton Castle near Humshaugh and one of the boys had arranged for them to meet his parents at Chollerford Bridge at a set time.
When they did not arrive at 7.30pm, the coastguard was contacted and the RAF Sea King rescue helicopter - which costs pounds 12,400 an hour to run - was launched.
It was out for an hour and a half searching before the teens were tracked down in a local pub. It is believed they had got into difficulty and abandoned the raft, deciding to walk.
A coastguard spokesman said the boys appeared to have found the navigation of the river on a raft more difficult than first imagined.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Aug 22, 2012|
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