Pendle Hill warning after boy with hypothermia rescued as ‘under-prepared’ group in danger

Teenager suspected of hypothermia had to be rescued from Pendle Hill by life-saving volunteers

The boy was part of a “grossly underprepared” group dressed in inappropriate clothing without understanding the risks involved in such situations.

Volunteers from Rossendale and the Pendle Mountain Rescue Team were called in to rescue the 14-year-old boy who struggled as temperatures plummeted on Friday afternoon.

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Team members were helping to pack and ship supplies to refugees in Poland when they received the emergency call and left to help the boy.

They found him at the top of the Nick of Pendle and provided him with assistance before rushing him an ambulance for further checks.

A spokesperson said the call arrived around 12:30 p.m.

They said: ‘On answering the call it was apparent that we were dealing with a suspected case of hypothermia.

“Situated at the top of The Nic of Pendle, on the corner of Ogden Clough, we assessed the casualty. After a few dry clothes, a vapor barrier and 30 minutes in our carry bag, we warmed it up, then got up to be transferred to our Polaris and lowered The Nic to the ground ambulance for further checks.

“We have to say the students were supported by teachers but they were all very unprepared for Pendle Hill with inappropriate footwear and clothing and no real understanding of the outdoors or basic medicine if a situation like this- this was happening.

“Over the years we have experienced whiteouts, blizzards, regular dense freezing fogs and high winds…Pendle should never be underestimated.”

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