42: Callout Sunday 25th November 2018
- Type – Lost walkers
- Location –Western edges, Kinder Scout
- Time – 16.30
- Team members – 29 plus Buxton MRT, Edale MRT, Glossop MRT and SARDA search dogs.
- Duration – 4 Hours or 116 Volunteer Hours
- Volunteer hours so far this year – 2032.25
With Rescue 912 having just left with our casualty from callout 41, we received another call from the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation Duty Controller. The police had received a 999 call from a couple lost somewhere on Kinder Scout in fading light. We were unable to get a GPS from their phone and information about their route was confusing. Initial indications were that they were likely to be on the western edge and search parties were despatched to look for them.
Eventually making telephone contact with the couple, we were able to gather further information on where they thought they may have gone. However with darkness arriving and information appearing contradictory, the Kinder Plan was initiated to search the whole of the plateau using Kinder MRT, Buxton MRT, Edale MRT, Glossop MRT and SARDA search dogs.
With the couple becoming increasingly anxious and fearful of a night out on the mountain, one of our search parties ascending up Sandy Heys spotted possible flashing lights some distance away. Whilst speaking to the couple again we decided this looked promising and our searchers went to investigate. We also redirected one of our search dogs to investigate from another direction. The couple were delighted to hear and see Kinder’s search dog Dolly find them slowly trying to descend down the western edge. Safely escorted down the hill to a waiting team Land Rover, they were brought back to our base for some warmth and mugs of tea.
Many thanks to our fellow volunteers from neighbouring mountain rescue teams for assisting searching other areas. This brought to a close what had been a busy day. We stood down at 20.35.
Deputy Team Leader