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MSP Airwing, first responders, find two teens after hourslong search in Easton woods

EASTON, Mass. — Authorities searched all Wednesday afternoon and into the night, trying to find two teens who had been lost in the woods for hours.

With some help from the State Police Air Wing, the boys were located and reunited with their families.

Video footage from MSP Air 2 shows the moments the flight crew located the teens.

“We could not have achieved this tremendous outcome alone,” Chief Keith Boone wrote in a social media post.

Easton Police say they received a call around 4:30 p.m. regarding two lost 16-year-old boys in the wooded area of Hockomock Swamp near Turnpike Street.

More than 30 first responders looked for the teens in the thick woods, according to State Police, in a search that took about four hours. The Air Wing launched to assist officers on the ground and utilized a variety of different tools, including a public address speaker, color camera, and an infrared camera during the rescue missing.

At 5:50 p.m., MSP Air 2 was able to locate the teens using a Forward Looking InfraRed camera and began directing ground crews to the teens location.

In addition to the thick mud, police say the wood cover and vegetation in the area was so thick, rescue teams had to use chain saws to clear a path to get to the boys.

The teens had been missing for approximately 6 hours and were suffering from dehydration, according to authorities.

The two boys were evaluated by the Easton Fire Department and by 9:00 p.m., they were reunited with family members on scene.

“We’d like to thank all of our partners that responded and took part in this rescue effort,” Chief Boone said.

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