Experts called to rescue couple stranded on ice
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a large swathe of the area but expired at 6am on December 16, with a yellow weather warning for snow and ice also no longer in force.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.