SOUTH Yorkshire’s threatened police helicopter performed a life-saving role in two separate rescues.
Polic revealed the aircraft was sent to rescue two stranded hikers on Sunday, on moors near Langsett Reservoir, two days after being called to two walkers on Kinder Scout.
The Langsett rescue happened at 5.30pm on Sunday, when the chopper was called to assist a Nottinghamshire couple who had become lost in severe weather after setting out on a walk from Langsett reservoir.
The couple, who were eventually found safe and well, were taken back to South Yorkshire Police’s Air Operations Unit base and later reunited with their vehicle. Neither person required medical treatment.
Penistone and Stocksbridge Labour MP Angela Smith, in whose constituency the rescue happened, said: “It’s a further demonstration of how important it is to carry on having our own helicopter.”
The Government wants to axe the police force’s dedicated helicopters and set up regional air cover.
The earlier rescue was on Friday, when two walkers from Dronfield found themselves in difficulty and stranded near Kinder Downfall
South Yorkshire Police received a phone call shortly after 6pm on Friday from a friend of the couple.
Sgt Helen Scothern, head of South Yorkshire Police’s Air Operations Unit said: “The couple were suffering from being exposed to the severe cold but thankfully we were able to reach them.”