We were contacted at 00:30 regarding a party of 2 walkers who had become separated earlier whilst trying to travel between Wasdale Head and Seathwaite in Borrowdale. One of the party had made it back to Seathwaite and raised the alarm because his companion did not turn up. Two members of the leadership were involved during the night carrying out a limited search but nothing was found. The information provided at midnight had suggested the 52 year oldmissing walker was sufficiently experienced and equipped for a night out, whilst his location was not clear (he eventually made a call from his mobile at 03:15 from possibly Green Gable) so it was decided to mount a limited callout at sunrise to search likely places. The missing walker was subsequently found around 09:30 on the corridor route near Skew Gill and walked back to his car in Seathwaite. Incident closed 11:30. 5 team members involved, 30 man hours on the fell.
Postscript – when the walker was eventually found he said that he had seen the light on the fell earlier (which had been one of the leaders doing the limited search of intake walls) and had assumed it was a helicopter searchlight looking for him.
Incident started at 00:30 and ended at 11:00 making 10.5 hrs in total. There were 4 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 22097 09134 (479m). Total man hours: 42