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