The woman collasped while walking near Water Sinks. Photo: N Chadwick CC-BY-SA-2.0

The woman collasped while walking near Water Sinks. Photo: N Chadwick CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker has died after collapsing on the Pennine Way in the Yorkshire Dales.

The 59-year-old was near Water Sinks, south of Malham Tarn, on Saturday when she lost consciousness.

She was given cardio-resuscitation and the Cave Rescue Organisation, whose members were nearby, went to the scene about 3.55pm.

A team spokesperson said: “A small group of CRO members, who were with the team’s display trailer at Malham Show, arrived on scene very soon after the air ambulance and road ambulance.

“Sadly, resuscitation was unsuccessful. Once police approval had been received, the deceased was carried by stretcher to the road ambulance, with the assistance of her family.”

The team had earlier that afternoon been called out to a 54-year-old walker who tripped and fell on the Ingleton Waterfalls trail, injuring her ankle.

The team spokesperson said: “As it would not bear any weight, she was carried by stretcher to the roadhead and, in the absence of an ambulance, assisted into the family car to be taken to hospital.”

The cavers eventually made it to Bullpot Farm. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The cavers eventually made it to Bullpot Farm. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

In the early hours of Sunday, team members were called out after three cavers were reported overdue after going underground in the western Dales.

The two men and one woman, all aged 24, were attempting a through trip from Top Sink to Lancaster Hole in the Easegill area.

The CRO spokesperson said: “They had made only slow progress and became lost, eventually deciding to await rescue near Stop Pot.

“Mixed teams of CRO and Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club members began searching the system and located the missing party at about 4.20am. All were guided safely to Lancaster Hole, to exit the pot, with or without assistance, and return to Bullpot Farm.

“Thanks to RRC&PC for their significant help and to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association for putting their cavers on standby, in case the initial search was unsuccessful or a protracted rescue became necessary.”

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