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DISTRAUGHT: The extent of the ordeal shows in these two girls' faces as they walk to safety

May 14, 2007
More than 2,000 shivering children were plucked off Dartmoor yesterday as high winds, fog and lashing rain turned its 150 brooks into treacherous torrents.

As thunderstorms also whipped up the 40mph winds, the military organisers of the gruelling two-day Ten Tors Challenge were forced to launch the biggest rescue operation of its kind.

With 2,100 teenagers out on the rugged national park in Devon, and the weather fast getting worse, more than 700 military and civilian staff spent six hours hauling them all to safety. Sea King helicopters, Land Rovers, minibuses and soldiers from the regular and Territorial Army were all drafted in.

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