Five people were rescued by the emergency services after getting lost in a remote part of the Cheviots on Monday night.
The group, comprising two families, were found close to the Lamb Hill shelter on the Border Ridge.
They were cold and miserable but unhurt when found; one member of the group was treated for hypothermia and stress-induced chest pains but made a swift and full recovery.
The group had set out to walk from Wooler to Byrness, where they all lived. At Lamb Hill shelter they realised they were not going to make it to Byrness and organised for someone to pick them up from Chew Green at the head of the Coquet valley. They became lost after Lamb Hill shelter when they decided to set off cross-country towards Chew Green.
They managed to contact the police but were not able to give an exact location and from the information provided seemed to be ill-equipped for the prevailing conditions. They had no spare clothing, poor quality waterproofs, one torch and one mobile phone between them.
Northumbria Police called mountain rescue at approximately 9.10pm. Mobile phone contact was initially established before the group’s mobile phone battery ran out.
Three mountain rescue teams were involved along with two search and rescue dogs and their handlers and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer which airlifted the group to safety.
Pete Roberts, team leader of the Northumberland National Park MRT, said: “We’re very satisfied that our teams worked so well together in this early run before the really bad weather sets in, and delighted that these young people are safe. Even though it was relatively mild last night, the wind on the higher ground meant that there was a risk of the group becoming dangerously cold without the proper clothing and equipment for the prevailing conditions.”