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Walkers warned after Pendle Hill police rescue

Pendle hill - picture courtesy of Lancashire tourism
The group were all showing early signs of hypothermia

Walkers have been warned about safety after police rescued five people from Pendle Hill in Lancashire in freezing conditions.

The group, all girls and women aged between 14 and 22, got lost in snow at the beauty spot last weekend.

A search and rescue operation was launched involving the force helicopter and the women were found. They all had early signs of hypothermia.

Police urged walkers to be well-prepared and fully-equipped.

'Check weather'

All five women were airlifted to a local farm near Worston where they were treated by paramedics.

Insp Ilyas Mohmed, of Lancashire police, said: "Fortunately this rescue has had a happy ending, but the consequences could have been much worse, had we not found them so quickly.

"I urge walkers not to take any unnecessary risks and where possible, to use appropriate maps.

"They should tell someone where they are going and when to expect them back, make sure they are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear and to check the weather forecast before setting off."

One of Lancashire's most popular walking spots, Pendle Hill is 557 metres (1,827 ft) above sea level.

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