Rescuers at the scene. Photo: Woodhead MRT

Rescuers at the scene. Photo: Woodhead MRT

A lost walker was rescued from Peak District moorland in a night-time operation involving two teams.

The 23-year-old man called police for help when he became disoriented on the hills above Langsett, east of Bleaklow.

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 10.40pm on Thursday and was joined by colleagues from the Glossop team.

A Woodhead MRT spokesperson said: “The youngster had set off earlier in the day from Langsett to do a circular route but on his return lost the footpath and was unable to relocate it. The ground was saturated and very boggy which made the going very tough.

“The young man decided the best course of action would be to contact South Yorkshire Police and report himself lost. He was able to provide a What3Words location to the police which in turn was passed onto the team.”

The spokesperson said communication with the walker was intermittent and his condition was unknown, so the assistance of the Glossop team was requested in case a stretcher carry was needed.

“One of the many benefits the Peak District has is its number of mountain rescue teams that all operate underneath the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation. This means teams can call upon each other for assistance if needed increasing the amount of manpower available.

“The PhoneFind system was used to confirm the casualty’s location, just east of Swains Head and team members, including search dog Scout from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, were deployed from different locations, the reason for this is if he decided to move, it would give us a good chance to intercept him.”

The walker was found about a quarter past midnight. The spokesperson said: “Other than being lost and a little cold, he was in good spirits and happy to be walked off the hill to safety.”

The rescue, which involved 24 volunteers from the two teams plus the search dog, concluded about 1.25am.

The Woodhead MRT spokesperson said: “Team members managed to catch a few hours’ sleep before the alarms went off ready for their day jobs to commence.”

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