Walkers airlifted to safety from remote Northumberland hill in dramatic night rescue

Three walkers were airlifted to safety after rescue teams were called out when they became stranded as darkness fell while out on the Cheviot Hills.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 10:47 am

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and HM Coastguard’s Rescue 199 helicopter were called last night, Sunday, October 25, after the walkers called Northumbria Police and called for help from a cloud-covered Cairn Hill.

A spokesperson for the rescue team said via the @NNPMRT Twitter account: “The walkers were located on the top of Cairn Hill and were very cold.

"A difficult descent to below Scotsman’s Knowe followed to the waiting helicopter

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“As one of the walker’s condition deteriorated last night, the HM Coastguard Rescue 199 was called from Prestwick.

"Weather conditions meant the helicopter could not reach the walkers’ location.

"Great flying from the crew saved a treacherous walk down the valley.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team shared this photo via the Twitter account @NNPMRT as the HM Coastguard's Rescue 199 was used to help the walkers reach safety.

"The walkers had done the right thing and called 999 asked for Northumbria Police and requested Mountain Rescue.

"Their location in the Northumberland National Park was one of the furthest away from a public road.”

Earlier in the weekend, the team was called out to a family out walking near Hadrian’s Wall and Walk Forest after they got into difficulty as conditions deteriorated, with the callers “wet and cold and very relieved” to see the team arrive to help them.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team shared images of the rescue after it worked with the HM Coasguard to help the walkers down from Cairn Hill in The Cheviots.

A spokesperson added: “The family did the right thing and called 999 and asked for Northumbria Police and they provided enough information to narrow down the search.

"The family had intended to walk to Haughtongreen Bothy.”

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