Two young boys lost in the woods of Halifax were rescued by State Police and Halifax authorities Friday evening, according to State Police.
The 12-year-old boys were reported lost to State Police around 4:35 p.m. and a request for helicopter support from the State Police Airwing soon followed, said Trooper Kenneth Gaetz, a spokesman for the State Police.
The children were located by the State Police helicopter at approximately 5:45 p.m., but it is unknown when Halifax authorities actually reached the boys, said Gaetz.
The 12-year-olds were located quickly due to a call from a cell phone, according to reports by WBZ news. One of the boys called a parent for help, and police and fire were notified right after, they said.
The children were found barefoot in a swampy area of Halifax after they lost their shoes in the muck. Halifax police and fire waded out up to their knees in muddy water once the two were located, WBZ reported.
The two boys were briefly hospitalized, but have been released and returned home, WBZ reported.
“We’re glad we found them,” said Halifax police Sergeant Ted Broderick. “It was a good team effort to get out there and get them found.” Derek J. Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.