A MOTHER'S Day celebration turned ugly on Sunday, after a mother and her two daughters got lost near the River Dart on Dartmoor.

The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team in Ashburton found and rescued the trio just as it was getting dark.

They were found in a precarious position, stuck on a steep slope, 100 metres above the path. A rope system had to be set up to lower them to safety. Luckily, none of the group had any serious injuries.

A spokesperson for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team said: 'At 17:22hrs the team were deployed to locate and assist a mother and her two teenage children who had become lost then unable to move on the steep ground on the north side of the river Dart upstream from Newbridge.

'As the light was fading, the party of three were located approximately 100m above the path on a steep and difficult wooded slope. They were made safe and fortunately had no injuries.

'As darkness fell, a technical rope system was then built which enabled each member of the party to be lowered safely to the path below.

'The party of three were then escorted along the path to a waiting team Landrover and taken to the road head. We’d like to thank 40 of our volunteers who gave up their Mother’s day commitments to respond to this call.'

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team is a Devon charity of 60+ volunteers on call 24/7 dedicated to assisting the emergency services with the search and rescue of the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable including those with dementia, mental health illnesses and children.

Without volunteer search and rescue teams like them, the emergency services would not have the resources to devote to the search and rescue of missing or injured loved ones.

To find out more, visit their website.

If you find yourself in a difficult situation on the moor, dial 112 or 999 and ask for the police.