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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Fri 30th Dec 2011 – Callout 73 in 2011

Piers Gill

Piers Gill

Whilst rescuing the injured dog and its owner, the team were called out by the police to search for a 19 year old fell walker who had last been seen around Piers Gill at about 15:00. Descending from Scafell Pike he had become separated from his companion who had descended and then raised the alarm.

In heavy rain and poor visibility around 20 team members were joined by Duddon and Furness MRT searching both sides of Piers Gill as well as other paths around the area. By 22:30 nothing had been found and the search was called off until daylight on Saturday.

Team members setting off on Saturday Morning

Team members setting off on Saturday Morning

On Saturday morning, 28 members of Wasdale MRT, 15 members of Duddon and Furness MRT, 24 members of the RAF MRT, 4 search dogs and their handlers from SARDA (Lakes) and a Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet returned to search in daylight. Although low cloud prevented the Sea King from supporting the search. Around 70 personnel were involved in this extensive search.

Sadly, at around 11:45 a body was discovered in Piers Gill by Wasdale team members. This was recovered to Wasdale Head. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his friends and family.

Looking into Piers Gill

Looking into Piers Gill

Incident Type
Location Piers Gill, Scafell Pike
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Incident started at 17:38 and ended at 16:00 making 22.4 hrs in total. There were 28 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 21221 08393 (547m). Total man hours: 627

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/piers-gill-scafell-pike-fri-30th-dec-2011/