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Search and rescue trainees comb through Pender Co. as part of drill

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Dozens of search and rescue trainees spent Saturday combing through around 30,000 acres of land in Pender County. Dozens of search and rescue trainees spent Saturday combing through around 30,000 acres of land in Pender County.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Dozens of search and rescue trainees spent Saturday combing through around 30,000 acres of land in Pender County.

As part of the drill, two volunteers set out in the woods at the Holly Shelter game lands Friday night, pretending to be "lost".

Trainees then started looking for them, practicing different types of searches and looking for clues.

Search dogs were even brought out to try to find them.

Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Batson says usually, hunters or visitors will get lost about once a year, but it's important for officers to know what to do so they can find them as quickly as possible.

"We're doing a full-scale search for two missing subjects," he said. "We've brought all of our assets and we've got resources from across the state, and searchers and ground pounders and dog teams that are coming in to assist us to find the missing subjects."

This is the first search and rescue training in Pender County.

They are hoping to find the two "lost" individuals by Sunday afternoon.

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