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27 students get lost on mountain after picnic in Vietnam

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 10:18 GMT+7
27 students get lost on mountain after picnic in Vietnam
Students who got trapped on Khau Mo Mountain are rescued by local police in the mountainous province of Bac Kan, which is about 170km away from Hanoi. Photo: Bac Kan 24h

A group of 27 students from the 12th grade class of Bac Kan High School for the Gifted were trapped on Khau Mo Mountain in northern Vietnam after having a picnic there on Sunday.

The students were rescued by local authorities on the evening of the same day, according to Sam Van Du, vice-director of Bac Kan Province’s Department of Education and Training.

On Sunday, 29 students of the school went to Khau Mo Mountain in Huyen Tung Ward, located in the provincial capital city of Bac Kan, to have a picnic.

“In the afternoon, two of them went down the mountain while the rest remained there,” Du told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

“They lost their direction while finding their way down and then got trapped on the mountain.”

The students managed to find a place where they could use their mobile phones and then called their teacher for help.

The teacher reported the case to local police, who deployed a search for the students immediately, he added.

Bac Kan police officers worked with a military unit to look for the group of students quickly after receiving the report.

At 9:20 pm on Sunday, rescuers reached the location where the students were trapped and rescued all of them safely.

In the wake of the incident, Bac Kan’s Department of Education and Training is expected to issue a warning notice, advising that students should have a parent or a teacher with them during outdoor activities to avoid similar risks.

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