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Last Updated: Monday, 12 February 2007, 08:27 GMT
Rescuers free baby from snowdrift
Rescuers freed a baby and his mother after a snow blizzard trapped vehicles in a remote area of Weardale.

Mountain rescuers carried the eight-week-old baby out of a snowdrift before leading his mother to safety.

The young family was in one of four vehicles that became stranded on the B6278 between Castleside and Stanhope, on Saturday evening.

No-one was injured during the incident, but rescuers urged motorists to be aware of severe weather warnings.

The area suffered snow drifts of up to 3ft as bad weather struck many parts of the region over the weekend.

Lower ground

The Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team was scrambled after one of the stranded motorists managed to alert them by mobile phone.

Team leader Dave Bartles-Smith said: "It was dark at the time with mist and a strong wind which was causing the snow to drift.

"Our team members found a number of vehicles caught out by the conditions. One of the vehicle contained a couple with an eight-week old baby.

"We decided that the family would be safer if we carried the baby back to our Landrover and took the family to lower ground near Stanhope, where they were left in the hands of the Police.

"We kept the other nine people in their vehicles were it was warm until a JCB arrived to dig them out."

Police closed the road to motorists for the rest of the weekend.

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