Toddler found after 16 hours in woods

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A toddler who disappeared while searching for dinosaurs in a remote Highland beauty spot, miraculously survived for 16 hours in pitch-black woodlands and cold conditions.

A toddler who disappeared while searching for dinosaurs in a remote Highland beauty spot, miraculously survived for 16 hours in pitch-black woodlands and cold conditions.

Three-year-old Cameron Munro was found safe and well huddled beneath a bush by a police dog team at 8.30am yesterday.

Flight Sergeant Al Sylvester, from RAF Kinloss, who took part in the search, said Cameron was not at all distressed when he was found sitting in undergrowth talking to himself about dinosaurs.

"He was quite sheltered, but it's still incredible that he survived," he said. "He lives in a farm area and he must be a hardened wee boy with a real will to live. He was a little cold, but must have slept through the night."

Cameron, of Alladale estate, Ardgay, was reported missing from the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre, between Bonar Ridge and Lairg, at 4.30pm on Saturday by his mother.

A full-scale search was mounted, including three mountain rescue teams, helicopters fitted with heat-seeking equipment from the coastguard and RAF Kinloss, police officers, sniffer dogs and about 300 local volunteers.

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