38 Flemish youngsters survive Alpine ordeal
The youngsters, dressed in shorts and T-shirts, got lost on a trek half-way between Italy and Slovenia on Monday and were rescued only on Tuesday.2 April 2008
Thirty-eight Flemish youngsters have survived their ordeal in the Alps. The youngsters got lost on a trek half-way between Italy and Slovenia on Monday and only got rescued on Tuesday.
The Flemings are members of the Christian youth movement Chiro and hail from the Antwerp town of Kontich.
They had to spend the night out in the open at an altitude of 1600 metres. Most of the youngsters were only wearing shorts and a T-shirt.
The youngsters were rescued by Italian and Slovenian rescue services. They had wanted to climb Mount Mangart, but lost their way.
They were able to alert the emergency services using their mobile phones. The rescue services only managed to locate the youngsters this morning.
The youngsters are aged between 14 and 22. Their rescuers supplied them with blankets and hot drinks.
The youngsters were brought down to the valley by helicopter. They are all in good health.
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