A MOUNTAIN Rescue Team responded to a call out from a stranded North West Ambulance with a patient inside trapped in a snow drift. 

On Saturday night Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue (DFMR) was called to an ambulance that had become stuck. A local farmer helped tow the vehicle out and then team members helped transfer the patient to another ambulance.

The rescue team checked the Birker and Corney Fell roads for stranded motorists with assistance from the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (WMRT). 

The Mail: The deep 'localised, constantly changing' snow drifts The deep 'localised, constantly changing' snow drifts (Image: Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue)

A team spokesman said: "Several motorists, passengers, and a dog, were evacuated from stranded vehicles and WMRT kindly transported them to somewhere warm for the night." 

DFMR described the conditions as 'very localised, constantly changing, and challenging' and 14 team members were required on Saturday night. 

DRMR is on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and has to cover an area of approximately 655km sq.