Peak walker is rescued in dark

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A MAN had to be rescued from moorland in the Peak District after getting lost in bad weather and darkness descending.

He went for a walk on Bleaklow last Friday and was eventually found just before midnight after a search involving Edale, Glossop and Woodhead Mountain Rescue Teams along with the Search and Rescue Dog Association. The walker, from Sale, was escorted off the hill into the Derwent Valley.

Edale team leader Ian Bunting said the weather was particularly bad with strong winds, driving rain and hill fog. “To make matters worse all the river courses were in full spate, which added another hazard for team members”.

By the time the man was rescued, the water levels had risen so much that water was washing over the top of the bonnet of one of the Land Rovers as it crossed the West End River.”

Ian urged hill walkers to follow national advice – “to look at the weather forecast, dress appropriately, take plenty of food, take a map and compass and know how to use them, take a torch and spare batteries, take a spare torch and spare batteries – it always gets dark.”

It has been a busy Christmas for the Edale team this year with members leaving their families to attend seven incidents over the break.

They included a man who suffered a heart attack on Boxing day on moorland above the Derwent Valley and a mountain biker who sustained a very serious head injury on Longstone Edge on December 29.