A LIMOUSINE carrying 12 football supporters became stuck in deep snow and ice on a treacherous Lakeland road on New Year’s Day.

Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team spent more than an hour and a half evacuating the group - who were travelling to a Barrow AFC match - on Kirkstone Pass.

The Hummer stretch limo became stuck at the summit, at around 10pm, after the driver had followed a satellite navigation system which failed to warn him of the snow.

LAMRT leader Nick Owen said: “It was a huge limo. It was a bit of an effort to do a three point turn in our Land Rover up there so how they thought they could get a limo up there I don’t know.”

LAMRT has been called out to attend another four incidents this year already.

On Friday (January 1) the team were called to Troutbeck where a woman had broken her wrist when she slipped on an icy path whilst fell walking.

In the early hours of Sunday morning (January 3), team members assisted an ambulance crew which was trying to reach a casualty on a steep ice bound road.

Later that day, at around 2pm, a woman slipped on ice whilst fell walking at Loughrigg, in Rydal, and broke her wrist.

During this evacuation, at around 2.50pm, team members rushed to Coffin Route, in Grasmere, where an 11-year-old boy had suffered a leg injury whilst fell walking.

Despite these incidents Mr Owen said walkers have been more prepared for icy conditions this year.

“It seems to be improving,” he said.

“There were a few people we have had to warn but generally people seem to be doing well.

“Walkers should go out and enjoy it. The conditions are superb at the moment and it is incrediably beautiful but cramp-ons and proper walking gear is essential and drivers should really take it easy. Some of those back roads are very treacherous.”

Were you a passenger in the limousine on New Year's Day? Call the Gazette on: 01538 710 179.