The summit of Cross Fell. Photo: Andrew Smith CC-BY-SA-2.0

The summit of Cross Fell. Photo: Andrew Smith CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker on the highest hill in the Pennines was rescued after getting stranded in blizzard conditions.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday to aid the man on Cross Fell in Cumbria, which rises to 893m (2,930ft).

A team spokesperson said: “The team were deployed from two locations and battled through deep snow, very strong winds and reduced visibility to reach the casualty.

“The team guided the casualty safely down the mountain walking into 50mph headwinds. The fact that the casualty followed the team’s advice meant that he survived the extreme conditions until the team managed to reach him.

“After the casualty was safely off the fell the team then deployed to recover a Land Rover in deep snow and ice. Snow chains were fitted to both Land Rovers to enable extraction.”

Sixteen Penrith MRT volunteers were involved in the incidents for 8½ hours.

Rescuers faced severe conditions on Cross Fell

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