The group got lost while coming down from Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The group got lost while coming down from Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Three walkers attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks were rescued after their torch and mobile phones ran out of battery power in the dark.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was called out about 8.45pm on Saturday when the trio called for help after getting lost on Ingleborough.

A team spokesperson said: “In the dark, their one torch and two mobile phones had died and their third phone – the sole means of navigation – showed only 17 per cent battery.” The three were uninjured.

The spokesperson said police managed to pinpoint the walkers’ position at the foot of Swine Tail on the fell.

“One team member set off from Newby Cote, to run up the hill, while three others took a team vehicle round to Nick Pot.

“The individual team member began to guide the ‘mispers’ on to and down the path for Horton in Ribblesdale and was met by the others, walking up with extra lights.

“One member of the party was extremely cold and struggling, but all three reached the team vehicle safely. A local member returned them to their accommodation near Horton and the team vehicle returned to CRO base.”

The spokesperson said heavy rain made conditions grim, adding: “It is safe to say that this was an avoidable incident. However, the party were given some advice on how to make their future trips less exciting as we walked back down to the vehicles so we are there’s no need for any further online advice or criticism as we know that all advice was gratefully received.

“As always, our best wishes to the three people involved.”

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