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Torch reminder issued after lost walkers found

Posted 1 November 2012
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Torch reminder issued after lost walkers found
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Ordnance Survey maps may not be the only thing walkers need when they go out on the hills as the days get shorter, with torches being of increasing importance.

Mountain Rescue Team members from Glossop and Edale were called out to find as group of eight walkers that had got lost in inclement weather on Bleaklow.

The rescuers managed to locate the group using a GPS device and used a stretcher to take a 68-year-old diabetic member of the group off the hill, as he had suffered a number of falls and was unable to walk.

Rescuers noted that the walking party were "quite well equipped", but had not been prepared for being out after darkness fell.

The actual event happened on Saturday (October 28th), the last day of British Summer Time, but Mountain Rescue still noted that having a torch is important at this time of year.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue issued a reminder at this time last year for people to make sure they have torches, warning that the changing of the clocks could catch out many people who had not prepared for an earlier sunset.