Journalists get lost in desert, saved by locals

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A group of 14 journalists, including four foreigners, got lost in a northwest China desert Friday but were soon found by local rescuers, authorities in Gansu Province said Saturday.

The team, consisting three Germans, a British and 10 staffers from China's Central Television, lost their way while shooting a documentary on cultural heritage protection in the desert in Guazhou County of Jiuquan City, the emergency office of the provincial government said in a press release.

Local authorities received reports of the incident at around 5 p.m. and sent rescuers and vehicles to the desert immediately.

All the lost journalists were found by 6 p.m.

They had suffered sunstroke after long hours of drive in the scorching sun, said Liang Heping, head of the foreign affairs office in Guazhou County.

Liang said all the journalists were sent to the People's Hospital in Dunhuang City Friday night. "Two of the cases were serious, but all are in stable condition."

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