A couple needed to be evacuated after their car hit black ice and skidded towards the edge of a road overlooking a steep sided valley.

The couple called police and Keswick Mountain Rescue were dispatched to the scene on Newlands Pass at 10.05pm on December 2, after realising that they were unable to reverse due to the ice.

A number of other vehicles had been abandoned and one had blocked the road completely.

The Keswick Team dispatched a Sprinter to help.

However, a team member living nearby had already made his way to the summit of Newlands Pass and helped evacuate the couple.

They were taken back to Keswick in the Sprinter with the intention getting help to rescue their car in the morning.

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