SIX walkers were rescued by helicopter last night after getting into difficulty in freezing conditions on the North York Moors.
North Yorkshire Police said the group of hikers, aged 19 to 45, were taking part in the Lyke Wake Walk 24-hour challenge when two women were taken ill.
Police said the group became stranded in a ravine between Fylingdales and Ravenscar and phoned for help shortly before 7pm.
One of the group phoned a family member who contacted the emergency services, who launched a search and rescue operation.
The rescue involved Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, police and the RAF.
The group were located at 8.30pm by an RAF Sea King helicopter and all six were rescued, the spokesman said.
He said two women in their 40s who were reported ill were flown to hospital in Scarborough.
A spokesman added: “The helicopter was able to bring all six walkers safely from the scene and then flew on to Scarborough General Hospital with the two ladies reported poorly.
“I’m pleased to report that the females have been seen and are absolutely fine and all members of the party are safe and well.”
The Lyke Wake Walk is a demanding 40-mile crossing of the North York Moors