Walkers lost in the dark with ‘limited’ mobile phone battery rescued

A couple who got lost in the dark while out walking were located safe by a mountain rescue team.

Guidance to all walkers has been issued as a result as the nights draw in.

Oldham Mountain Rescue Team scrambled after a call late on Saturday night from Greater Manchester Police.


The unnamed couple were in an area around Dovestone Reservoir in Oldham and had been ‘caught out’ when night fell with only a ‘limited’ phone battery.

Eleven members of the team were involved.

The couple were located near Birchen Clough and given warm clothes and torches, before being escorted to a waiting medic.

Both were unhurt.

Oldham Mountain Rescue Team
(Image: OMRT)

Oldham Mountain Rescue Team revealed details of the rescue on its Facebook page.

They said: “We were contacted late on Saturday evening by Greater Manchester Police with a request for assistance locating a couple who had become lost in the dark while out walking in the Dovestones area.

“As team members were deploying, our duty callout officer sent a PhoneFind message, establishing their location as Middle Edge Moss, above Birchen Clough.

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“They were uninjured but had been caught out when night fell and they only had limited phone battery.

“We soon had team members with them and, after giving them warm clothing and torches, were able to escort them back down to our vehicles to be checked over by our medic.

“With the changing weather, and the nights drawing in, we would advise people to be even more prepared if they are venturing into the hills.

“Always carry spare clothing and food, take a map and compass – and know how to use them – tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back, have a torch with spare batteries, and fully charge your mobile phone so you can stay in contact if the worst does happen.”

Anyone finding themselves in the same position should dial 999 then ask for police then mountain rescue.

The operation lasted almost two hours, the team said.

They added: “As a rescue service we are happy to assist anyone in distress.

“We don’t judge our casualties and respectfully ask our followers to act in a similar manner.”

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Manchester Evening News – Oldham