Little Dun Fell, left, and Great Dun Fell lie on the Pennine Way route. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Little Dun Fell, left, and Great Dun Fell lie on the Pennine Way route. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers from the Penrith team were involved in a multinational operation to bring a hypothermic walker to safety from the high fells of the northern Pennines.

An SOS message was passed to Cumbria police from Houston, Texas when the 22-year-old French woman got into difficulties on Tuesday.

The walker was struggling in high winds and had become hypothermic, so activated the alarm on her personal locator beacon.

The signal from the device, which uses orbiting satellites to relay messages, was picked up in the USA and Cumbria Constabulary was alerted. Penrith Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.55pm and sent two of its vehicles to Great Dun Fell.

A team spokesperson said: “The casualty was found on Little Dun Fell. A passing walker had managed to reassure her, warm her up and was escorting her towards safety.

“The team checked her over, provided her with a hot drink and transported her to her accommodation in Dufton.”

The three-hour rescue involved 10 Penrith MRT volunteers.

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