The walkers got lost near High Cup Nick in the northern Pennines. Photo: Bob Smith

The walkers got lost near High Cup Nick in the northern Pennines. Photo: Bob Smith

Three teams and a rescue helicopter were involved in a search for two walkers who got lost in the dark in the north Pennines.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team was alerted on Saturday when the pair called 999 after becoming benighted near High Cup Nick.

The walkers had limited mobile data signal to enable their phone mapping to work.

A team spokesperson said: “Due to the area and lack of info for their location Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team and Teesdale Mountain Rescue Team, along with Coastguard helicopter, were all tasked to help with the search.

“Fortunately, the pair were found relatively quickly and assisted off the fell by team members.

“Our thanks go to Kirkby Stephen and Teesdale teams along with the Coastguard crew for their assistance.”

The five-hour incident involved 13 Penrith MRT volunteers plus a search dog, along with 11 from the Kirkby Stephen team and eight from Teesdale.

  • The Penrith team is appealing for donations to help it buy new snow chains for its vehicles so they can continue to reach casualties in winter conditions.

The rescuers are aiming to raise £600. Donations can be made via the team’s Facebook page.

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