A MOUNTAIN rescue team located a missing 73-year-old woman on Sunday, February 10, after a search in the North Wingfield area.
The woman, from North Wingfield, is thought to have left her house about 6am, on Sunday, and police had become concerned for her safety with the very wet and cold conditions that day.
After an initial police search including the use of a helicopter, Derby Mountain Rescue team was called in to expand the search.
Thirty one rescue team volunteers and five mountain rescue search dogs joined in the operation which involved searching fields, woodland and areas of waste ground on the outskirts of the town.
The stranded woman was eventually located by a search dog handler in a remote bit of woodland. She was alive but extremely cold.
The woman was given additional clothing by her finders whilst more rescuers and equipment were brought to the site. She was then treated on scene by team medics before being carried by stretcher across fields to a waiting team Land Rover, where she was then driven to an ambulance to be taken to hospital for further treatment.
A team spokesman said: “It was a very good find. Weather conditions were deteriorating and with each passing hour her condition would have become more serious so we’re really pleased to have recovered her before the situation become much more critical. We wish her a speedy recovery.”
A Derby Mountain Rescue Team spokesman explained that it is still not known how the woman became lost.