A WOMAN reported missing was found by a family walking on Winter Hill.

The Bolton Mountain Rescue Team worked with the ambulance service and Lancashire police to bring the 63-year-old to safety after she was found yesterday afternoon.

Members of the mountain rescue team were mobilised just before 1.30pm.

Posting details of the incident on Facebook, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team said: "The 63 year old female was initially cared for by a number of runners and walkers on the boggy moorland of Winter Hill Flats.

"The female was recognised as being missing thanks to a Facebook post which had been shared by Greater Manchester Police earlier.

"A combined response from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), North West Air Ambulance Charity, Lancashire Police and Bolton MRT was made.

"After being sheltered from the elements by team members whilst being assessed, the female was carried on a mountain rescue stretcher approximately 750m across the peat bog to the road at Hordern Stoops where she was conveyed to hospital by NWAS ­ for further treatment."

Bolton Mountain Rescue Team was founded in 1968. It is manned by volunteers who help rescue people stranded in remote area and take part in search and rescue operations.

The team depends on donations to do its lifesaving work.