Paignton teenager rescued from Dartmoor
A PAIGNTON teenager was rescued from Dartmoor last night after injuring herself in a sledging accident.
The 18-year-old girl was trapped in snow for three hours after injuring herself while sledging with friends at Yartor Down near Dartmeet.
She hurt her ankle and is recovering in hospital.
Dartmoor Rescue Group volunteers who rescued her said she was "OK, very cold and a little hypothermic".
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Spokesman Dave Tutty said: "The situation was getting worse, the snow was getting bad but eventually we found the girl on a steep slope.
"We were able to get her on a stretcher back up to the control vehicle."
Members of the Ashburton group of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team took part in the operation, which began at around 6.30pm.
A spokesman said: "The team arrived through some very snowy country to assist with a young female sledger with a suspected fractured leg.
"It had been snowing on and off during the day and when our volunteers arrived the moor was covered in a thick carpet of snow with more falling and a dense hill fog.
"Once the casualty’s location was ascertained she was attended to by team doctor and nurse as well as the paramedic. Her injury was stabilised and then she was transferred on to our stretcher and transported back to the waiting ambulance.
"A successful result and we wish the young lady a speedy recovery."