Five walkers had to be rescued from the Cleveland Hills last night after being caught in bad weather. The men were found at around 1:40am on Saturday morning.
Barry Warrington, from Cleveland Mount Rescue Team, said:
"Conditions were appalling. Fortunately we were able to keep contact with the group via mobile phone.
"With the limited information they were able to give us, together with a lot of local knowledge, we were able to locate the group relatively quickly and get the lads safely off the moor.
"They were all cold and soaked through. If they had ended up spending the night on the moor circumstances might have been very different"
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