Rescuers were unable to use smartphone technology to find the lost pair. Photo: Aberdyfi SRT

Rescuers were unable to use smartphone technology to find the lost pair. Photo: Aberdyfi SRT

Rescuers had to use detective work to find two walkers lost with a poor phone signal above a lake in north Wales.

Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team was alerted about 5.30pm on Tuesday when the man and woman from Northampton reported themselves lost in mist above Lake Vyrnwy.

The team said the pair had been following a waymarked trail but lost the markers and ended up in an area of deep heather and gorse.

An Aberdyfi SRT spokesperson said: “Disorientated and confused in deteriorating conditions, the couple were not able to offer any idea about their whereabouts other than being above the lake and that they parked at the dam end.

“With phone signals too poor to make use of any of the usual strategies to quiz smartphones for location information, it took some inspired detective work on the part of the handler to be able to transform this information into a feasible search area.”

Team volunteers made their way to the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel car park where the local gamekeeper was able to escort a team vehicle up a hill track to within a few hundred metres of where the walkers were eventually found, cold but uninjured.

The rescue ended about 10pm.

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