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Broad Crag – Mon 28th Mar 2005 – Callout 5 in 2005

The Team was paged by Workington to rescue a male walker in his late thirties who had become crag fast whilst descending Scafell Pike. He was on a mobile phone and through a description of his location along with a grid reference, it placed in him the region of Dropping Crag on the northern side of the mountain. He had been stuck there since mid afternoon. Around 18 team members were involved, 10 on the mountain and the remainder in reserve. The Dropping Crag area was thoroughly searched with no find. Broad Crag was then searched which can sometimes be mistaken for Scafell Pike. Further information was sought from the crag fast walker and eventually, by piecing it all together and getting further information from the police regarding two walkers who were watching a man waving for help, the man was found by one of the team members. He was high on Broad Crag, north face and around 200 foot above the old plane crash site. The weather was initially clear at his location but it then came in whilst we were lowering him down the crags and visibility reduced to 30 yards. The ground was very steep, slippery and there were many loose boulders. However, within a relatively short period he was back down onto safer ground and walked off to Brackenclose. It was 9.30 pm when the team finally checked in at the Wasdale Head Hotel for rehydration. The incident was stood down at around 10.00 pm.

Incident Type
Location Broad Crag

Incident started at 16:30 and ended at 22:00 making 5.5 hrs in total. There were 18 Wasdale team members involved. Total man hours: 99

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