Teens rescued from island at Leicestershire beauty spot
Three teenagers believed to be suffering from hypothermia had to be rescued from an island in Charnwood Water in the early hours of this morning after they became trapped.
Emergency services were called at about 4am today after the youngsters, who were camping on a small island in the middle of the Loughborough lake, were reported as being in distress.
The fire service said the group had gone camping at the secluded beauty spot but changed their minds and tried to make it back to shore in a kayak.
However, their boat capsized in the darkness and three of them swam back to the island.
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A fourth youngster managed to get to the mainland and call for help.
The trapped campers made a fire to keep warm while they waited to be rescued.
Two crews from Loughborough and two technical rescue teams southern stations arrived at the scene, as well as paramedics.
They used an 8ft inflatable raft to cross over and bring the freezing teens back to safety.
The cold, wet youngsters were treated for suspected hypothermia by paramedics, but it is not clear whether they were taken to hospital.
Crew manager Mick Wallace, from southern fire station, said: “It was a group of teenagers who had gone camping for the night on the island and I think a couple of them, or all of them, decided it wasn’t the weather and they wanted to come back.
“So they got in the boat and made their way across the water but it capsized and swam back to the island.
“They managed to get a campfire going to keep warm and then waited for the emergency services to arrive.”
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