Canadian sea cadets mistake UK town names, spark missing persons alert

Lindsay Jolivet
Daily Buzz
Members of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets march to the National War Memorial during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa. (Photo courtesy Ayelie/Wikipedia)

A simple mistake, the mix-up of a town's name, lead two Canadian sea cadets and their leader about three hours from where they were supposed to be on Monday and launched a national missing persons search in the United Kingdom.

The Daily Telegraph reported Mervyn Morash, a leader in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets corps from Chester, NS, along with 14-year-old Alexander Rhodenizer and Rachel Nauss, lost the rest of their group during their travels to meet a sister corps in Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Not worrying, they simply boarded a train from London to where they thought everyone was heading, the Telegraph reported. But they made a geographical error that entangled police in the UK and authorities in Canada in a day-long search.

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Morash and the cadets boarded a train to Chester, about 34 km south of Liverpool, but they were supposed to head to Chester-le-Street in Durham, 280 kilometres away.

They didn't have a cell phone, according to the story, and it took police nearly 24-hours to find them, but they arrived safely in Chester-le-Street the next day.

A spokesperson for the Atlantic cadets told the Telegraph the organization had reminded cadets about being careful on their travels.

Perhaps we shouldn't be too hard on the wandering cadets; surely others have confused UK towns with confusingly similar names, for example, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

And it could have been worse — they could have ended up in Colchester, nearly 450 kilometres away from Chester-le-Street.