- Call out for year: 82
- Date: 29/10/20
- Time: 5:37 pm
- Grid ref: SK 12234 85337
- Type of incident: Walker Search benighted(6)
- Team members involved: 14
- Time taken: 3 hours 20 minutes
- Total man hours: 47 hours
A party of walkers on the Kinder Plateau sent out a call for help after darkness fell and they were uncertain of their exact location.
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team arrived on scene at the main Edale car park and deployed several sections to search for the walkers. The location of the party had been obtained using PhoneFind, so the sections walked up the Sledge Track towards Grindslow Knoll with the aim of searching the area to the north-west of the summit. Weather conditions were windy, but the party were able to signal their location with a torch so were soon found by the team.
A quick assessment of their physical condition showed, that despite being cold and wet, they would be able to walk under their own steam back to the valley accompanied and guided by team members to show the way.
A safe outcome and a positive learning experience for the walkers, who made the correct decision to call for help before the situation deteriorated further.