Team members during the search on Fair Snape Fell. Photo: Bowland Pennine MRT

Team members during the search on Fair Snape Fell. Photo: Bowland Pennine MRT

Two lost walkers were rescued from a fell in the Forest of Bowland.

The operation to find the pair was one of four callouts in five days for the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.

The team was alerted about 3.30pm on Sunday by Lancashire Police, who reported the walkers were lost in the Fair Snape and Holme House Fell area.

A team spokesperson said: “With reports indicating that one of the walkers was in the early stages of hypothermia all haste was made to start searching as soon as was practicable.

“After two hours searching across Fair Snape Fell, Holme House Fell, Parlick and Saddle Fell, both walkers were located by mountain rescue team members at the high point between Fair Snape Fell and Saddle Fell.

“Both walkers reported as cold and very tired but in good spirits as they were initially walked off before being driven off the fell to safety by the team.”

The previous day, team members’ help was requested about 4.30pm by ambulance staff when a 60-year-old man slipped on an icy slope on Warton Crag, north of Carnforth, breaking his thigh bone.

The spokesperson said: “On arrival at the scene the rescue team along with paramedics evacuated the injured person to a nearby land ambulance for onward transportation into Lancaster Royal Infirmary.”

The previous Wednesday, team volunteers joined a search in the Banks area near Southport for 81-year-old Alec Baxter who had been reported missing.

The spokesperson said: “Unfortunately after an extensive search that also involved the Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, Coastguard and Lancashire Fire & Rescue, a body was discovered by the police underwater team close to his home.”

While returning from the search, team members were alerted by the ambulance service to a 17-year-old who had suffered back and hip injuries while sledging in the Scorton area.

The spokesperson said: “Once on scene the rescue team evacuated the young lady using our mountain rescue stretcher and with the paramedics on scene we administrated our pain-relieving drugs.

“She was later taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary for further treatment.”

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