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17th of July 2018

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Schoolboys are rescued after getting lost while exploring sewers

Firefighters rescue schoolboys who lost their way exploring underground and getting trapped in stinking sewers for three hoursYoungsters are believed to have been 'urban exploring' when they got lostOne of them called 999 and rescue crews tracked them down and saved themThey were taken to hospital but medics found they were not injured 

By Richard Spillett for MailOnline

Published: 11:41 EDT, 11 July 2018 | Updated: 04:00 EDT, 12 July 2018

Footage shows the dramatic moment three schoolboys were pulled to safety after they got trapped exploring the sewers beneath an English town.

Firefighters, police and ambulance crews scrambled to find the boys when one of them dialled 999 and said they were lost in the maze of drains under Northampton.

The boys, in their teens, spent three hours trapped in the sewers until rescue teams pinpointed their location under a road in the Kingsthorpe area to the north of the city.

Three boys were rescued by fire crews from the sewers beneath Northampton this week Three boys were rescued by fire crews from the sewers beneath Northampton this week

Three boys were rescued by fire crews from the sewers beneath Northampton this week

This is the moment rescuers pulled three boys from the sewers beneath Northampton

Footage shows the moment the boys were hauled through a manhole by rescue crews on Monday evening.

Witness Megan McCarthy, 24, a trainee solicitor, said: 'I heard a commotion outside and when I looked there seemed to be a massive police presence.

'It was very dramatic all these people being scrambled to try and find them.

'I think this sort of thing is called urban exploring and from what I hear it seems to be quite big thing around here but an incident like this highlights the dangers.

'The boys were covered in filth but looked very relieved to be out in the open.

'Some of the sewer system under the roads in Northampton are like caverns and are big enough to walk through but apparently it's a maze and the boys clearly lost their way.'

The youngsters are believed to have gone 'urban exploring' in the tunnels beneath the town The youngsters are believed to have gone 'urban exploring' in the tunnels beneath the town

The youngsters are believed to have gone 'urban exploring' in the tunnels beneath the town

The boys were taken to hospital as a precaution but were not injured.

Kevin Hardwick, Group Commander for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: 'There tends to be two groups of urban explorers, people who try to do it in an organised way with safety in mind, and young people who are ill-prepared and ill-skilled, who put themselves and others at risk.

'Thankfully, these three boys were not injured in any way but if for some reason they were unable to call us to come and rescue them, the events could have taken a completely different turn.

'We understand that young people want to have fun but they need to understand the dangers that this kind of activity brings as well as understanding the emergency services who attended the scene yesterday are already very stretched and could have been needed elsewhere.'

 

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