More stranded walkers rescued from Pennine Way streams

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In an echo of an incident the HVMRT responded to in June, the team were called out at 1900hrs this evening to a party of three walkers, returning from Black Hill along the Pennine Way who found their path had been cut off by rising water.

Team members assembled on Greenfield Road where the Pennine Way crosses to the top of Wessenden Valley, before heading down the Pennine Way to the exact spot a party of walkers had to be rescued two months ago.

The party of three had set out from the lay-by on Greenfield road, and had reached the summit of Black Hill as the weather broke. Having endured the torrential rain and thunderstorms, they set out on their return journey only to find that the small brook they had crossed on the way out had turned into an impassible torrent.

Taking swift action, the party notified the Police by mobile phone, who in turn called out the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

Once again, team members were able to use a mountain rescue stretcher as a bridge across a narrow point 200m upstream from the path, and deployed personnel with PFDs and throwlines as a precautionary measure.

The party, other than being stranded, were fit and well and were able to walk with team members back to their vehicle on Greenfield Road.