York & North Yorkshire

Six rescued by helicopter from North York Moors

Six people were rescued by helicopter after getting into difficulties in North Yorkshire in freezing conditions.

The group had been taking part in the Lyke Wake Walk 24-hour challenge when two women in the party were taken ill.

Police said the group became stranded in a ravine on the North York Moors between Fylingdales and Ravenscar and phoned for help at about 19:00 GMT.

They were found at 20:30 in the rescue involving police, the ambulance service, RAF and mountain rescue teams.

The emergency services were alerted after one member of the group of hikers, aged between 19-45, phoned a family member asking for help.

A RAF Sea King helicopter airlifted all six from the scene and took the two women in their 40s to hospital in Scarborough.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: "The helicopter was able to bring all six walkers safely from the scene and then flew on to Scarborough General Hospital with the two ladies reported poorly.

"I'm pleased to report that the females have been seen and are absolutely fine and all members of the party are safe and well."

The Lyke Wake Walk is a demanding 40-mile crossing of the North York Moors.

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