Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team has just completed a 2.5 hour rescue operation in horrendous weather conditions to rescue 4 walkers stranded on the Pennine Way above Holmfirth.

The walkers, 2 of whom had slight leg injuries were walking on Wessenden Head Moor when their return was blocked by streams that had been turned into raging torrents by heavy rain. They dialled 999 and the rescue team responded. Initially team members protected the stranded walkers from the driving rain and wind using emergency tents as further equipment and personnel were assembled. The rescue involved building bridges across 2 streams using mountain rescue stretchers with ropes as emergency backup. Speed was vital as the streams were rising quickly while the rescue operation was being carried out.

Once at the road the walkers were handed over to the Ambulance service who it is believed transported them to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Story links:

Here’s the story on the BBC News Website

Grough Magaizine has some coverage of the incident here.

Huddersfield Examiner



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