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27th March 2010 MAJOR SEARCH FINDS MISSING WALKERS
Major Search Finds Missing Walkers
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team were involved in a major search last night for two missing walkers. The man and women had set off from Dufton in Cumbria on Friday morning intending to do a circular walk. By mid afternoon they had become disorientated in the mist and contacted Cumbria police by mobile phone. As part of a recognized pre-plan for incidents in this area Mountain Rescue Teams fron Kirby Stephen and Penrith began the search from the west side of the Pennines and Teesdale & Weardale Team from the east.
The Teesadle Team sent out 16 team members and two search dogs and concentrated the search west along the Pennine Way from Cow Green Reservoir. As part of the plan a local gamekeeper took one team member on a quad bike to search likely areas some distance from the path. Steve Owers, Teesdale & Weardale spokesman said "At around 10:30pm the gamekeeper and team member on the quadbike hear shouts for help and soon after found the missing couple sheltering in a grouse butt near Great Rundale Tarn approx. 8km west of Cow Green reservoir. The female walker in particular was hypothermic and needed to be warmed before she could be moved. After about one hour the couple were walked off the fell to be met by a Landrover coming up from Dufton. The weather at the time was raining with a stiff breeze and mist above 500 meters. The Team we would like to emphasize the great help given to us by the gamekeeper. Without his assistance and local knowledge it is unlikely we would have found the couple so quickly".
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