A major incident has been declared on a UK mountain range with reports that up to 70 children are ‘experiencing difficulties’. The children are reported to be suffering from serious hypothermia and leg injuries after extreme weather.

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that 40 Army cadets, aged between 12 and 17, had been camping and got into difficulties in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. Multiple emergency vehicles are in attendance and medical staff are treating several children at the scene. Three Coastguard Rescue Teams, Mountain Rescue, police and ambulances are involved.

According to local media, the weather was “wild” with rain and flooding on the roads. South Down SDLP councillor Colin McGrath tweeted that ongoing helicopter, coastguard, medical and ambulance responses are visible. He wrote: “Major emergency incident in the Mournes with helicopter, coastguard, medical and ambulance responding. Please God all will be ok.”