Helicopter rescues woman and two children from Braunton Burrows
A distraught mother and her two children had to be rescued by the police helicopter from Braunton Burrows last night having been lost for nearly an hour and half.
The police received an emergency call from the panicking mother who was lost with her children aged ten and three.
They had been walking since 6pm and her children were getting cold and upset.
The woman had been trying to find her way back to her car and had become completely disorientated in the pitch dark.
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Police units talked to her on her mobile but could not ascertain her location as she could not see any lights or landmarks.
As the result the police helicopter was then scrambled to the scene and used a thermal image camera to track down the women and children.
The helicopter crew then quickly located the family who were in the middle of the vast area and managed to land close to their location which was inaccessible to any road or tracks.
The family were guided onto the helicopter and flown back to their car into the care of local police officers who were in the car park which was over a mile away across the dunes.
The family were all unhurt and allowed to go home.