Mountain rescue team saves hiking couple

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A couple who became lost in the mist on Kinder Scout in Edale were forced to call for help after fearing they would become lost in the dark.

Twenty eight rescue workers from Buxton Mountain Rescue Team were dispatched to search for the couple near their last known location.

The pair had begun their trek through the Peak District’s rugged terrain in reasonable weather conditions, from Upper Booth to Kinder Downfall.

However, as the day went on the weather deteriorated, with cloud dropping to around 350 metres, reducing visibility to five meters.

As they headed back, the couple became disorientated and lost their way.

Concerned the daylight was quickly fading, they decided to call for help shortly after 4pm last Thursday.

Telephone conversations indicated that they were probably in the Kinder Low area and a search party quickly headed up Jacob’s Ladder.

With the exact location of the couple unknown and, concerned about the potential onset of hypothermia, the team called in Edale MRT and Kinder MRT, as well as two search and rescue dogs.

The pair, from Manchester, were found at 5.20pm, between Kinder Low trig-point and Edale Rocks.

They were uninjured and quickly escorted off the moor and back to Upper Booth.

Roger Bennett, of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, told The Star: “The couple made a sensible decision to call for assistance when they did.

“However, this sort of incident indicates just how quickly the weather on Kinder Scout can change and and walkers should be practiced in navigation to avoid such instances.

Roger added: “The team urges everyone out on the hills to carry a torch and whistle at all times.”