All's well... The two rescued mountain bikers. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

All's well... The two rescued mountain bikers. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

Rescuers used their blue flashing lights to guide two lost mountain bikers to safety when they got lost in woodland.

The pair rang police when they became disoriented in woods close to Brough Law in the Breamish valley in the Northumberland national park.

Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Teams were both called out and used the Sarloc smartphone system to pinpoint the riders’ position.

Andrew Jenkins of the Northumberland National Park MRT said: “By this stage the mountain bikers had managed to find their way to the edge of the wood and were able to speak by phone to one of the teams’ incident controllers.

“As the teams and Northumbria Police officers arrived at Bulby’s Wood car park they could hear shouts up on the hill. Due to the fading light the blue lights were used to guide the two mountain bikers down to our location.

“They were tired and rather shaken, with a few scratches from the undergrowth in the wood they had ‘ploughed’ through. All is well that ends well.”

The rescue lasted an hour and involved five volunteer rescue team members.

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker down the steep slope: Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker down the steep slope: Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

The teams were also called out the previous day to aid a 65-year-old woman who injured her leg when she fell while walking on the St Cuthbert’s Way east of Wooler.

North East Ambulance Service alerted the rescuers and she was treated for a suspected broken and dislocated ankle by a paramedic before mountain rescuers stretchered her down a steep, wet, slippery path to an ambulance waiting at the roadside.

Ten volunteer mountain rescue team members were involved in the 2½-hour rescue.

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