Missing Baildon woman, 85, found alive by search and rescue team

Specialist search and rescue volunteers, sniffer dogs and the police helicopter were scrambled to find an 85-year-old woman who went missing in sub-zero temperatures last night.

The Baildon woman had become lost and disorientated after going for a walk near Tong Park and Esholt Cricket Club, a search and rescue spokesman said.

A team of 25 members of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSR) were joined by two search dogs during the search for the woman, who was reported missing at 6.30pm.

The West Yorkshire Police helicopter was also mobilised for an extensive search of the surrounding area and the pensioner was eventually discovered on the edge of dense woodland, north of the cricket pitch.

She was taken to the search team’s Land Rover on a stretcher, which transferred her to a waiting ambulance.

The woman, who was suffering from the effects of the cold weather, was taken to hospital for treatment.

Pete Farnell, chairman of the CVSR, said the rescue team had feared for the pensioner’s survival, as overnight temperatures dipped to minus 3 degrees C.

"She was conscious and talking to us but she was very cold," he said. "The temperature at the time was very low and it is unlikely that she would have survived the night if she had not been found."

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