Rescuers enlisted the help of a farmer and his tractor in the search for the missing woman. Photo: Derby MRT

Rescuers enlisted the help of a farmer and his tractor in the search for the missing woman. Photo: Derby MRT

Mountain rescuers enlisted the help a farmer and his tractor to help find a missing woman in the dark.

Derby Mountain Rescue Team noticed the vehicle had powerful working lights that could prove useful in their hunt for the 72-year-old.

Within a short time, the farmer successfully located the woman, who was suffering from hypothermia.

The team was called out at 7pm on Wednesday to help Derbyshire Constabulary officers in the search for the woman, who had been reported missing earlier in the day at Sutton on the Hill, west of Derby.

A team spokesperson said: “Whilst searching farmland, the team met a local farmer who was out checking on his cattle in his tractor.

“Seeing that the tractor was equipped with powerful, bright scene lights, one of our team members asked the farmer if he would mind searching the boundary of the field they were in, which the team were about to search. The farmer was happy to oblige.

“Two minutes later and the calm of the night was shattered by the tractor’s horn sounding: he had found the missing person!”

“After a quick assessment of her condition, the team treated the lady for hypothermia and evacuated her to the roadhead where she was transferred to an East Midlands Ambulance Service ambulance and taken to the Royal Derby Hospital for further treatment.”

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