Lost-and-found Canadian sea cadets in U.K. spark nationwide search after taking train to wrong ‘Chester’

National Post | News

It could have happened to anyone, perhaps: A party of tourists at an Underground station in London, a moment’s hesitation as the train’s doors closed — some inside, some still on the platform — and an unexpected detour before reconnecting with the rest of the group.

But for three members of a Nova Scotia sea cadet troop who were visiting England this week on a youth exchange steeped in naval history, the subway glitch touched off a perfect storm of bad luck that lasted nearly 24 hours. It led to a rail journey toward a mistaken destination more than 200 kilometres away, a nationwide missing-persons alert involving Scotland Yard and the Canadian High Commission — and finally, after nearly 24 hours of hand-wringing and a happy ending to the saga, a front-page story about the bizarre misadventure in one of Britain’s biggest daily newspapers.

“All at sea… The cadets who…

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