Rescuers walk off Bleaklow after the rescue. Photo: Glossop MRT

Rescuers walk off Bleaklow after the rescue. Photo: Glossop MRT

A man was brought to safety from the Peak District’s second-highest hill after a seven-hour night-time search involving three mountain rescue teams.

The Glossop team was called out shortly before midnight on Friday when the man, in his 30s, was reported missing by staff at accommodation in Longdendale.

The missing walker had last been seen by members of the public about 5pm near the Hern Stones on Bleaklow.

A Glossop team spokesman said: “Members of the team were put into four hill parties and carried out a hasty search of the paths leading up to Bleaklow Head and down the Alport Valley.

“Members of the Woodhead team and a search dog from Oldham MRT and further dogs from the Search and Rescue Dogs Association were also deployed up the Black Cloughs taking in the northern edge of Bleaklow moor.

“One of the Glossop sections heard a whistle and a possible sighting near to Fork Stones in the middle of Bleaklow Moor. On further investigation it turned out to be the missing man the team was looking for.

“The man who was from London was assessed and described fit and well to walk back to Snake Summit in what could only be described as difficult conditions due to deep lying snow.”

The rescue ended about 7am.

The Glossop team had been called out earlier on Friday about 12.40pm when a 69-year-old man fell near the Transpennine Trail in Longdendale, injuring his back.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and then stretchered a short distance by rescuers to the ambulance, which took him to Tameside Hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Team members at the scene of the incident near Far Cown Edge Farm. Photo: Glossop MRT

Team members at the scene of the incident near Far Cown Edge Farm. Photo: Glossop MRT

Two days earlier, the team was in action after a middle-aged man fell from a stile behind Far Cown Edge Farm near Monk’s Road, south of Glossop.

The team spokesman said: “The team arrived to find the man was being treated at the scene by an ambulance crew for a lower right leg fracture. The man was loaded on to the team’s stretcher and carried back to the farm, where he was transferred to the waiting ambulance.”

The rescue lasted about 1½ hours and involved 12 volunteers from Glossop MRT.

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