Kinder Search Plan

  • Call out for year: 105
  • Date: 16/12/18
  • Time: 3:30 am
  • Grid ref: SK 12424 85318
  • Type of incident: Walker Search benighted(2)
  • Team members involved: 16
  • Time taken: 4 hours 45mins
  • Total man hours: 76

Incident report

Early on Sunday morning, we were called into action as part of the Kinder Search Plan, a collaborative operation featuring Mountain Rescue Teams from Glossop, Edale, Kinder and of course Buxton.  Four search dogs and handlers were also called out.

Two walkers had been expected back from a walk along the Southern Edges before dark but at 01:30 they were reported missing.  The weather had been atrocious during the day with the clear skies overnight leading to freezing temperatures so there were concerns for their welfare.

A Police National Police Air Service helicopter was called to join the search, but conditions prevented a prolonged search.

Buxton sections gained the edge path from Jacobs Ladder, Crowden Clough and Grindslow Knoll then continued to search. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter had now joined the search. At approximately 5am a Kinder MRT section located the missing walkers near to Kinder Gates. The Coastguard Helicopter was then diverted to winch the walkers who were hypothermic and a Kinder MRT doctor who were then flown to Sheffield Northern.

The team was treated to stunning sunrise on the return to Edale as a reward for their efforts.

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