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Rescue relief for five lost hill walkers
Friday 21st October 2016 @ 12:54 by Nigel P.


Five students have been found safe and well by mountain rescue teams after becoming lost on the High Peak’s highest hill.

The students who were participating on a Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, were found huddled in a tent on Kinder Scout after heavy rain and low cloud descended to encumber the walkers.
They were discovered early Tuesday night on the 635 metre peak in an operation involving mountain rescue teams from three towns and two search and rescue dogs.
The Kinder Search Pre-Plan was activated when news came though that the five teens from a Suffolk school had become disorientated.
Rescuers from Glossop, Kinder and Buxton teams and the specually trained search and rescue dogs began to systematucally comb areas of the Kinder moorland.
Buxton team spokesman Ian Hurst, said: “Heavy rain and low cloud had hampered their (the students) progress throughout the day, but it was the onset of darkness which prompted them to request assistance.
“The weather was appalling with heavy rain and hill fog, the rivers were flooding.
“Initial contact with the group had been very difficult and it wasn’t until later in the search when the groups exact position was established using SARLOC, a smart phone locating device.
“One of the search dogs was nearest to their location and soon found the group, huddled in a tent, near to the highest point on Kinder Scout.”
The teens were quickly checked and led down the moor to Edale Cross where a Kinder team vehicle was waiting to take them down into Hayfield.
They were cold and wet, but none the worse their ordeal.