Lost hikers found by state police helicopter twice on Saturday

Lost hikers were found by a state police helicopter and flight crew during two separate rescue missions in Central Massachusetts Saturday, police said in a statement Sunday.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, state police, K-9 units, and an Air Wing helicopter and crew responded to the Midstate Trail in Princeton after a hiker placed a 911 call and said he and his two children were lost.

The flight crew found the missing family around 6:30 p.m. and directed troopers to their location, according to police. The man and his children were guided out of the woods and did not require medical assistance.

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In a separate incident Saturday, Sturbridge police, state police, and K-9 units started searching for three missing hikers, an adult and two teenagers, around 8 p.m, according to the statement. They were thought to have been on a trail off Stallion Hill Road in Sturbridge and were lost in the trail network south of Old Sturbridge Village, police said.

Around 10:20 p.m., and Air Wing helicopter and crew assisting in the rescue found the missing persons and directed units to their location. Police said the three hikers were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

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