Twenty-eight members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team were called to Edale at 16.00 hours on Thursday 6th March following a report of two people lost in the mist on Kinder Scout. The couple, from Manchester, had walked in reasonable conditions from Upper Booth to Kinder Downfall. However, later in the day the weather deteriorated with cloud dropping to around 350 metres and reducing visibility to 5 metres. On their return route from Kinder Downfall the couple became disorientated and lost their way. Concerned that daylight would soon fade and fearful of becoming benighted, they decided to call for help.
Telephone conversations with the couple indicated that they were probably in the Kinder Low area and a search party was quickly dispatched up Jacobs Ladder. Not being definitely sure as to the location of the couple and concern about the potential onset of hypothermia, Edale MRT and Kinder MRT were also activated and two M R Search & Rescue Dogs called in.
The couple were located at 17.20 hours between Kinder Low trig-point and Edale Rocks. With no physical injuries the couple were simply escorted off the moor and back to Upper Booth.
Roger Bennett of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team said, "The couple made a sensible decision to call for assistance when they did. However, this indicates just how quickly the weather on Kinder Scout can change and walkers should be practiced in navigation to avoid such instances. The team also urges everyone to carry a torch and whistle at all times."