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20th January 2009 FELL WALKER AIRLIFTED TO SAFETY
A LONE fell walker from London was dramatically rescued from the highest point in the Pennines about 9 a.m. this morning after an all-night search by fell rescue volunteers
The alarm was raised by the man's family about 11.30 p.m. last night when he failed to reach an agreed point on his hike along the Pennine Way. More than 50 search and rescue volunteers from teams in Durham, Cumbria, Swaledale, Cleveland and Northumbria were mobilised and snow clearing crews from Durham County Council were call out to clear roads in the Langdale Beck area to allow the search to begin.
The police helicopter and an RAF helicopter were also involved. The search teams on the ground were hampered by freezing conditions and snow drifts up to five feet deep. The walker was located at 9 a.m. this morning after he was able to get out a call on his mobile phone. He was airlifted out of a point near Cross Fell, the highest point on the Pennines and taken to Cumbria. He is not thought to be injured.
Anyone wanting to speak to rescue volunteers or police can make contact on a number in Barnard Castle - 01388-630999.
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk