Two teenagers from Leicestershire were airlifted to hospital today after a dramatic mountain rescue mission.
The injured boy and girl were rescued by helicopter, after a Duke of Edinburgh party of seven youngsters got into trouble in “terrible” weather conditions in the Peak District.
The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team were despatched after one of the teenagers suffered an injury to his leg and was unable to carry on walking in the freezing conditions.
Two girls from the group remained with the injured teenage boy while the other four members of the party descended off the hill to safety.
However, when the mountain rescuers met the stranded trio, it was discovered that one of the girls was also unable to walk and needed stretcher evacuation.
The rescue teams carried the teenagers more than a mile and a half, in the snow and rain to the summit of Black Hill.
They were then met by a coastguard helicopter, which airlifted the two casualties to hospital in Sheffield for an assessment of their injuries.
The rescuers praised the youngsters, believed to be from Loughborough, saying: “Under the circumstances they did everything right – and were unfortunate victims of circumstance”.
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