And one of the group, a 56-year-old man from Doncaster, suffered an asthma attack and needed treatment at the scene.
Galloway Mountain Rescue Team members were first on the scene, arriving at Buchan Hill just before midnight after they were alerted to the emergency by police.
Team leader Ken MacKenzie co-ordinated the search for the group. He said: “We were able to pinpoint their location on the summit of Buchan Hill, which is south east of the Merrick. We were aware that one of the group had suffered an asthma attack and didn’t have an inhaler with him. As a result, we called in the assistance of air support and Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmer attended. They were on scene shortly after midnight and airlifted all six members of the party and dropped them off at a landing site at the old Caldons Campsite near Loch Trool.”
He added: “The casualty’s condition was such that we treated him on scene before transporting him, as a precaution, in our ambulance to his holiday accommodation. By the time we got there, he’d improved significantly and we were able to leave him in the care of his family.”