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Scafell Pike – Sun 8th May 2011 – Callout 25 in 2011

Cam Spout

Cam Spout

A group of five walkers from Kent had set off from Wasdale Head at 10.00 p.m. the previous night to climb Scafell Pike as part of the three peaks challenge.  Overnight there had been severe storms with heavy and persistent rain.  They became lost with low cloud down to 2,500 feet and called the police via their mobile.  The team were called out and although was able to make contact with them, was unable to ascertain their location.  They were asked to remain where they were so that the team could maintain contact. 

View into Little Narrowcove

View into Little Narrowcove

A full search ensued with 21 team members on the fell, one on base and four held back in the valley bottom in case stretchers were required.  All search patterns were completed by early afternoon with no success.  Although numerous telephone calls were made to the group they could not be contacted.  The search was finally called to a close at 4.30 p.m. when the group of five emerged from Brotherikeld at the bottom of Hardknott pass, Eskdale.  They were collected from the Woolpack and driven back to their car at Wasdale Head.   Incident was closed at 5.00 p.m. – The lost group had been out on the mountain for seventeen hours.

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Location Scafell Pike
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Incident started at 08:02 and ended at 16:30 making 8.5 hrs in total. There were 22 Wasdale team members involved. Total man hours: 187

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/scafell-pike-10/