Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been assisting people in the western fells of the Lake District for over 50 years. We cover England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and respond to over one hundred calls for help each year. The team consists of approximately forty ‘professional volunteers’ who give their time to help those in need, whatever the weather, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information please read our about page. We rely on generous donations from the public to fund the team. Once a year, we recruit a new intake of probationary members.
An off-duty policeman reported seeing a flashing light on Muncaster Fell, maybe 1 – 2km from the A595. A team member drove around the area looking for lights or parked cars in likely locations. Nothing was found and no-one had been reported missing.
The North West Ambulance service (NWAS) requested support from the whole of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Organisation, as for a while, they were inundated with requests for assistance and a large number of people were awaiting help. In the event we were not needed, but we would have been available to assist where the ambulance crews were unable to get to their patients, or we would have supported other teams if their response for mountain incidents was adversely affected by helping the ambulance service. The major incident was stood down at 20.17.
The team were called by Cumbria Police after receiving a 999 call from a party of 2 walkers who had become lost on their ascent of Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head. They had eventually found the summit but by now it was dark. They took shelter in one of the stone shelters near the summit and were cold, tired and unsure how to get back down. The team leader spoke to the party over the phone and explained how to find the correct path whilst a small team of rescuers was mobilized to meet them with spare lights etc.. By…
The team were called by police for a couple who reported themselves lost having come down from Scafell Pike the wrong way. They had intended to go to Seathwaite, Borrowdale. Eastings and Northings from the 999 call put them in Ennerdale so the incident was transferred to Cockermouth team.
The team were called about a walker who had failed to rendezvous with his friend at a car park in Eskdale, having split up an hour earlier on the way down from Scafell. The friend turned up before any action was taken.
A team member happened to be nearby when a male sustained an ankle injury. At that time an ambulance had been requested. He and another team member provided warmth, shelter and splinted the ankle. With help he was able to get into the family car to be taken to hospital and the ambulance was stood down.