Belfast Telegraph

'Pokemon Go' teenagers rescued from 100ft mine

By Scott D'Arcy

Four teenagers had to be rescued after getting lost in a mine complex for about six hours while hunting for creatures on the Pokemon Go phone app.

The boys, thought to be around 14 or 15, were saved when they eventually managed to contact Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue from the bottom of a 100ft ventilation shaft at Box Mine, in Wiltshire.

A guide was drafted in to help and the four were rescued unharmed on Thursday, station manager Damien Bence said.

Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game, was launched on Thursday and has exploded in popularity - it uses the phone's GPS location data to allow players to roam the real world and catch virtual monsters.

Mr Bence said: "They were a bit reluctant to say why they were down there - one of them did mention they were looking for Pokemon characters."

The rescue comes after two men suffered minor injuries after falling off an ocean bluff in California while playing the game.

Belfast Telegraph