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Mountain rescue operation finds missing walkers asleep in car

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A large hunt for a party of lost walkers in the Peak District came to a surprising conclusion when the missing members were found asleep in the rear of their car. Members of the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, as well as two search dogs, were contacted by Derbyshire police in the early hours of Monday (September 20) morning.

It was reported that a group had become lost in the darkness and a ‘what-three-word’ position indicated they were in trouble around the Upper Tor area of the Grindsbrook Valley in Edale. After searching for a couple of hours, the party was still not found.

The decision to gather more intelligence regarding the possibility of a car in the equation was made. Intelligence on the missing group’s car was given by the police and ANPR checked, officers also went to the registered address of the owner, but all drew a blank.

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The local campsites and car parks were then the next focus of our attention. After a relatively short while the car was spotted in the main car park.

A spokesperson for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team said: “When approached it was evident that it (the car) had some occupants that were asleep in the rear of the estate car. They were very surprised to be woken up at 3.30am, and after confirmation of the occupants and a welfare check, they had a short but robust lecture on the need to report to the police when they are down off the hill and safe.



A group of walkers became lost in the Grindsbrook Valley near Edale
A group of walkers became lost in the Grindsbrook Valley near Edale

“Please ensure that you report to the police if you have reported yourself lost and then manage to make it to safety, it saves us a lot of time and sleep.”

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