In poor conditions, and with inadequate equipment, the pair, a man and woman from Birmingham, had become soaked, cold and disorientated having reached the summit. Fortunately, other walkers intending to see-in the new year at the summit hut were able to offer warm and dry clothing to the pair and keep them in good spirits as they awaited rescue.
Working in conditions of wind, rain and poor visibility, a total of 14 rescue volunteers put their celebration plans on hold to attend the rescue. On reaching the hut, rescuers provided food and warm drinks before putting the walkers into more suitable clothing and then walking them down off the mountain. Everyone was off the hill shortly after 8:00 p.m.