The walkers were stretchered from Whernside's summit ridge

The walkers were stretchered from Whernside's summit ridge

Rescuers called to help a collapsed challenge walker on Yorkshire’s highest mountain discovered a second walker in difficulties.

Members of the Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation were alerted to a 25-year-old woman on the summit ridge of Whernside who had collapsed and was unconscious.

The team was called out about 4.20pm yesterday to aid the woman who was succumbed to hypothermia while attempting the ascent of the 736m (2,415ft) fell from the Blea Moor aqueduct as part of the 39km (24-mile) Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

A rescue team spokesperson said: “When the first CRO team arrived they found there was a second casualty, a 46-year-old woman, who was also very cold and unable to continue.

“Further members of the group were escorted down from the summit and walked off the hill.

“Two air ambulances were requested and following treatment by CRO the two casualties were stretchered down to the helicopters at Greensett Tarn for evacuation to hospital.”

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