The two women were part of a group of 6 taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, and all were sheltered in a tent. The group had been visited by their DoE supervisor earlier in the evening who identified the need for a rescue and raised the alarm.
Parties of rescue volunteers were deployed onto the hill, but it was soon apparent that the casualties were not at the location given in the initial request for help. In poor visibility and with very difficult ground conditions an area search was undertaken, and at 12:40 a.m. the party was eventually located almost a kilometer away.
The two casualties were assessed by casualty carers at the scene. One woman, with an injured ankle, was carried from the scene by stretcher whilst the other, with a twisted knee was able to walk off with some assistance. The entire party was evacuated from their campsite and back to awaiting vehicles, making it back to be with their Leaders by 3:40 a.m.