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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sat 6th Sep 2008 – Callout 48 in 2008

Pager message from Police to respond to a request for help from two Three Peakers. 2 male walkers from Kent were attempting the 3 peaks challenge from Seathwaite and became lost on their way back down. From a telephone conversation with the lost pair, the leader established that their most likely location was Middleboot Knotts. The search group went to that location and sent up a flare which the lost party took a bearing on. The search group walked straight to them, re-warmed as mild hypothermic, and then walked straight down……..following is the press release

Two walkers, intent on completing the Three Peaks Challenge ignored warnings of severe weather and needed rescuing after they became lost in thick cloud and heavy rain. The two gentlemen lost their way on Scafell Pike and ended up near the top of Piers Gill, a deep ravine that has lured several walkers into serious difficulty over the years. They were fortunate in being able to have mobile phone reception and were able to provide the team leader with sufficient information for him to make an educated guess as to their location. The team were called out at 0230 and located the pair at 0530. Although being mildly hypothermic they were able to walk down to the valley. Unfortunately their car was in Borrowdale so one of the team members volunteered to provide them with transport.

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Location Piers Gill, Scafell Pike
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Incident started at 01:55 and ended at 18:00 making 16.1 hrs in total. Incident occured at NY 21385 08034 (682m).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/callout-56-in-2008/