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Cell phone helped save three boys from Croatan National Forest

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14-year-old Jason Nelson 14-year-old Jason Nelson
13-year-old Nolan Roberts and 10-year-old Nathan Roberts 13-year-old Nolan Roberts and 10-year-old Nathan Roberts

Smart decisions and quick thinking. That's what saved three boys lost in the Croatan National Forest on Monday.

Rescue teams hoisted the boys out of the forest by helicopter after they were reported missing for several hours.

Jason Nelson, the father of one of the boys says his son's cell phone saved the day. The boys were able to call 911, give dispatchers a description of their clothing, and remain calm the entire time, all of which helped search teams find them as quickly as possible, said Cpt. Jason Wank of the Carteret County Sheriff's Office.

Nelson says what would have helped find them faster was if they had told their parents where they were going.

"They went in the woods without my permission. They didn't go against me, but they did not have permission to go into the woods like that," said Nelson.

The boys got lost in the Newport area. Forest officials say that and the Havelock area are the two most common places for people to get lost in the Croatan.

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The search is over for 3 missing boys in the Croatan National Forest.

Authorities tell 9 On Your Side that search teams have located the 3 boys; 14-year-old Jason Nelson, 13-year-old Nolan Roberts, and 10-year-old Nathan Roberts.

The boys got lost in the Nine Foot Road area of Newport after they went walking in the woods without parental supervision. It's not clear, at this time, how long they were lost.

One of the boys called 911 for help.

Search teams employed 2 helicopters, one from Cherry Point and a private company, as well as search dogs to locate the children.

They'll soon be reunited with their families.


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