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Two rescued after attempting to cross swollen Ribble Valley river
TWO walkers were swept away by trying to cross a river in the Forest of Bowland last night.
Twenty members of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue team were called by Lancashire police at 7.30pm on Sunday to Langden Valley, after six well-equipped adult walkers had attempted to cross a swollen river.
Two out of the group had been swept away, but managed to get themselves to safety after being carried downstream. They then made it to the nearest house about an hour's walk away.
The mountain rescue team helped the remaining four walkers to cross the river safely using specialist rope techniques and swiftwater rescue equipment.
All of the walkers were checked over, treated for hypothermia, and walked to the nearest track where two team Land Rovers were waiting to collect them.