Ex­perts called to res­cue cou­ple stranded on ice

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS -

MEM­BERS of a moun­tain res­cue team were called out af­ter a cou­ple and their dogs be­came stranded on sheet ice near the Stafford­shire Moor­lands bor­der as Storm Deirdre hit the UK.

Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team (BMRT) were called for af­ter the pair, who live lo­cally, left the A53 at Axe Edge and tried to re­turn to their home in the Brand­side area, near Flash, at around 3.30pm on De­cem­ber 15.

The cou­ple and their dogs were helped by res­cuers wear­ing mi­crospikes on their boots to im­prove grip in the icy con­di­tions. The cou­ple were taken to stay with rel­a­tives in Wha­ley Bridge as bad weather hit the re­gion.

A spokesman for BMRT said: “Due to be­ing un­able to reach home, the lady was left with­out her pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion.

“The team called into Clowes Chemist in Bux­ton, who were more than happy to help and is­sued an emer­gency pre­scrip­tion.”

A Met Of­fice am­ber weather warn­ing for ice was in force across a large swathe of the area but ex­pired at 6am on De­cem­ber 16, with a yel­low weather warn­ing for snow and ice also no longer in force.

A num­ber of ve­hi­cles were in­volved in ac­ci­dents or be­came stranded on ice in the Stafford­shire Moor­lands, with po­lice in the area warn­ing of ex­treme weather.

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