Mr Wright was spotted by the Coastguard helicopter crew. Photo: UWFRA

Mr Wright was spotted by the Coastguard helicopter crew. Photo: UWFRA

A missing walker was found with only minor injuries after spending the night on the Brontë moors in West Yorkshire.

Stephen Wright had contacted his wife to say he was lost on Monday evening after going walking on the hills above Stanbury.

An overnight search by members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team began and was enlarged with a major operation involving 11 rescue teams, search dogs and a Coastguard helicopter.

The 70-year-old was found by the helicopter crew on Tuesday, suffering from only minor injuries and taken to hospital for treatment.

The operation to find Mr Wright involved mountain and search and rescue teams from across the North of England, including Calder Valley, Holme Valley, Woodhead, Bolton, Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine, Scarborough and Ryedale, Oldham and Swaledale, with the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association Search and Rescue Dogs Association England.

A Bowland Pennine MRT spokesperson said: “Think you’ll agree we are all over the moon with the outcome and wish [Stephen] a speedy recovery.”

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