The walker was stretchered from the summit of Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walker was stretchered from the summit of Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A lost walker attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge was found suffering from severe hypothermia on a fell top by rescuers.

The 33-year-old man called for help after getting lost on Ingleborough.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was called out at 3.55pm on Saturday and encountered dense fog and very windy conditions during the night rescue which involved stretchering the man for 2.5km (1½ miles).

A team spokesperson said: “The walker was discovered by CRO on the very summit of Ingleborough and he was found to be suffering from severe hypothermia.

“Due to the extremely poor visibility CRO were unable to call on the help of a rescue helicopter for an emergency evacuation of the walker. A CRO doctor and other team members treated and carefully packaged the hypothermic walker before carrying him in a stretcher for 2.5km to a CRO 4×4 ambulance.

“He was then taken down a rough track to Ingleton village for transfer to hospital by road ambulance.”

The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge involves summiting all Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a 39km (24-mile) circuit.

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