Two injured teenagers were airlifted to hospital today after a dramatic seven-hour mountain rescue mission when their Duke of Edinburgh team got into trouble in 'terrible' weather conditions.
The boy and girl were rescued off a snow-capped peak by helicopter in the early hours after 'extremely hazardous' wintry conditions hit their expedition along the Pennine Way in the Peak District.
A party of seven Leicestershire teenagers, who are believed to be from the Loughborough area, got into difficulties and called the police for help just before 7pm last night. The police contacted rescuers.
One of the party, who were all around 16 years old, had suffered an injury to his lower leg and was left unable to carry on walking in the hazardous freezing conditions.
They were trapped on a remote part of Black Hill, a 1,900ft summit in the middle of the High Peak, between West Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
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 first mountain rescuers met the stranded trio, it was discovered that one of the girls had suffered a muscle injury and was unable to walk.
In the end, four mountain rescue teams, a total of about 40 people, were drafted in with teams from Oldham, Glossop, Woodhead and Holme Valley involved.
A helicopter from the Coastguard Agency was also called in from Humberside Airport, near Hull, but its approach was hampered by poor visibility in driving sleet and snow.
The pilot was forced to circle the area waiting for conditions to improve, but had to divert to Manchester Airport to refuel.
The mountain rescue