Students from Leyton Sixth Form College doing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award were praised today for rescuing a 10 year old girl in the Black Mountains who had become separated from her parents.
The quick thinking students comforted the girl and wrapped her in some warmer clothing before contact their supervisor and telephoning Mountain Rescue to let them know they had found the girl.
When her parents contacted Mountain Rescue themselves to report the girl missing, they were able to share locations and after about 20 minutes the students manage to locate the girl's father and reunite her with her family.
A tearful mother said she could not thank the students enough for looking after their daughter and contacting mounting rescue on what turned out to be the girls 10th birthday.
Tracey Rogers for Leyton Sixth Form College who was supervising the expedition said "I am so proud of the students. They did exactly the right thing in looking after the girl who was clearly distressed and then contacting me and the authorities. We train all the students for emergency situations like these and it's fantastic to see them put that training into practice."
"It was amazing to be able to reunite the family and save their daughter's special day of celebration from becoming a tragedy," she added.