The scene at the rescue on Bleaklow. Photo: Glossop MRT

The scene at the rescue on Bleaklow. Photo: Glossop MRT

Two groups of young walkers from the same school were rescued after getting lost in wintry weather on the Peak District’s second-highest hill.

The youngsters were on a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition on Bleaklow when they got into difficulties.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday shortly after 6.30pm after police reported two walkers were lost on Bleaklow Moor. Peter Jozefczyk of the rescue team said: “It turned out that the team was searching for a group of DofE walkers who became lost in difficult weather conditions on Bleaklow.

“The weather on Saturday started sunny and warm but it turned for the worse by late afternoon, it began to rain and then turned to snow on high ground.

“The team was split into a number of search parties and tasked up the various paths on to Bleaklow Moor.

“One of the Glossop search parties came across a group of six people on Sykes Moor, south of Torside Grain. The group was uninjured but suffering the effects of the cold conditions. The team assessed the group and they were able to walk down to Reaps via Torside Clough.

“It turned out that there were two missing groups of DofE students from the same school.

“Information was gathered about the second group who were located at the bottom of the Black Cloughs at the Woodhead end of the Longdendale Trail. Members of the team were quickly dispatched to the Blacks area and came across a group of seven, one of whom was suffering from the effects of the cold and low blood sugar.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed on Holme Moss. Photo: Glossop MRT

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed on Holme Moss. Photo: Glossop MRT

One of the walkers was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Tameside Hospital for further treatment.

The six other party were escorted safely off the hill and all were debriefed at Glossop base. Team members stood down shortly before midnight.

The Glossop volunteers were also asked to help the neighbouring Woodhead team the following day when a walker suffered a suspected broken leg on Holme Moss, on the Derbyshire-West Yorkshire boundary.

A Woodhead MRT spokesperson said: “After treatment at the scene the casualty was loaded into a vacuum mattress and then on to a stretcher.

“Due to the difficult terrain of steep groughs, peat bogs and the distance to the road, additional support had been requested from neighbouring Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Glossop Mountain Rescue Team to help with the stretcher carry.

“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance became available for this incident reducing the stretcher carry by transferring the casualty from the moor to the waiting road ambulance.”

Glossop team members at the Tintwistle Knarr rescue. Photo: Glossop MRT

Glossop team members at the Tintwistle Knarr rescue. Photo: Glossop MRT

While Glossop team members were helping with the Holme Moss rescue, another group of Glossop volunteers was called out to Tintwistle Knarr quarry after reports a man had lost consciousness while walking with a group of friends.

Mr Jozefczyk said: “The man who was a diabetic had come round after short time was treated on scene by one of our team members who is a paramedic.

“The man was deemed OK but was told to go to A&E to be checked out.”

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