6 Hikers Safe in Two Separate Rescue Missions in Central Massachusetts

State police responded to Mid-State Trail in Princeton and a hiking trail in Sturbridge to look for the missing hikers

Six hikers are safe following two separate rescue missions in Central Massachusetts on Saturday.

State police said they first received a 911 call from a missing hiker at 5 p.m. stating he was lost with his two children on the Mid-State Trail in Princeton.

State Police patrols and K9 units, as well as a State Police Air Wing helicopter and air crew, responded to the search.

The missing family was located at about 6:30 p.m. after the family was able to direct search crews to their location. Authorities said all three were in good condition and did not require medical assistance.

At about 8 p.m., Sturbridge Police received a call to search for three missing people believed to have been hiking on a trail off Stallion Hill Road. The adult and two teenagers were missing somewhere in the trail network, south of Old Sturbridge Village.

A State Police Air Wing helicopter and flight crew assisted in the search as well as a K9 crew. At about 10:20 p.m., the flight crew was able to locate the hikers who directed ground units to their location.

All three were transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

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