Sad News

The team’s only remaining search dog, Ollie, died recently after a short illness. He was 9 years old.

For at least the last 35 years the team has always had one or more search dogs, and between them, they have attended hundreds of searches in the team’s patch, Wasdale and Eskdale, as well as the rest of the Lake District, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northern and Southern Scotland, including the air disaster at Lockerbie.

The dogs were also a familiar sight in Whitehaven on the team’s annual flag day before Christmas.

Ollie was a wonderful character and is greatly missed.

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  1. Claire Mee

    What a beautiful collie! So sad he passed so young, but as a border collie owner I can bet that he had an amazing life high in the fells walking, working and helping humans. ..what collies are born for. RIP Ollie. X

  2. Geoffrey Whittaker

    To all at Wasdale Mountain Rescue
    I have only just read about the sad passing of your rescue dog Ollie.
    Ollie rescued myself and sister in law on Scafell in Oct 2010 we had
    become stranded on Scafell when it got dark and we had no torches.
    We had decided to stay in our survival bags overnight and were laid
    in the quite high bracken. My abiding memory is of Ollie emerging
    through the bracken wagging his tail and barking. I am sure he will
    sadly missed. One thing for sure he will be enjoying himself in doggy

    Forever grateful
    Geoff and Janet

  3. Jenny McFall

    We have lost a very special Team Member…. thank you for all the searches and rescues you were involved in. Most of all Ollie, thanks for being my special walking buddy…. run free….. xxx

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