The pair tried to descend an icy Swirral Edge, right. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The pair tried to descend an icy Swirral Edge, right. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Two mountaineers had to be rescued from England’s third-highest mountain after getting stuck on snow and ice.

The pair were trying to descend Swirral Edge from the summit of Helvellyn on Saturday when they got into difficulties.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was already involved with rescuing three lost walkers on the High Street range when police requested its help about 5.25pm.

A team spokesperson said: “The two gentlemen in their mid-20s decided to re-summit to the cross shelter on Helvellyn and await assistance from the team.

“Team members went to their aid and escorted the lads off the fell.

“Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team would like to take this opportunity to remind fell-goers that the days are now short and the light soon fades at this time of year and that you need to plan your day accordingly, and have and be able to use the right kit for the conditions.”

The incident involved 13 Patterdale MRT volunteers and lasted 4½ hours.

The team recommended hill-goers visit the Adventure Smart website before heading out.

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