Missing woman found safe in moor rescue

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A missing South Yorkshire woman was airlifted to safety in a dramatic overnight rescue conducted by search teams.

The 38-year-old woman, from Doncaster, had gone missing at about 8.30pm.

Her car was later found in Edale – and volunteers in the Edale and Buxton Mountain Rescue teams swung in to action to start the search.#

The weather conditions and strong winds meant the temperature was well below freezing.

Rescuers searched looked around the southern edge of Kinder Scout following the call on Thursday, but by midnight the woman was still missing and concerns were growing for her safety.

More than 50 volunteers were roped in to the cause as well as six search and rescue dogs and an RAF Sea King helicopter from Anglesey, Wales.

At 3.30am the search was winding down, and the helicopter had already departed for base, when team members spotted a solitary light.

It was flashing in the Hartshorn area and meant rescue teams were able to find the woman.

A spokesman for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team said: “The helicopter was recalled and a foot section deployed to investigate.

“When it was confirmed that the light was that of the missing person, the helicopter collected the lady from the moor and took her to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for a check up.”

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team members were holding one of their weekly training events when they were called in to the search.

All team members were recalled to base and the incident closed at about 5.30am on the Friday.

Both Edale and Buxton’s teams are staffed by volunteers and rely on donations to keep operational.