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.

Recent Rescues

Beck Head, Great Gable – Sun 6th Jun 2021

We were alerted by Cumbria police about a lady who had injured her ankle on the descent from Great Gable. The team were mobilised and together with assistance from Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, the lady was treated and stretchered off the hill, to be met by a land ambulance in the valley bottom. The team would like to wish the lady a speedy recovery. Our thanks to Duddon and Furness team on what was a difficult carry on bad ground, and in hot and sticky conditions.

Egremont – Sat 5th Jun 2021

North West Ambulance service contacted the team to help with the recovery of a young man who had sadly passed away in the Egremont area. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man.

Wastwater – Wed 2nd Jun 2021

Cumbria police alerted the team of 2x people on Wastwater who had fallen off their canoe into the water. They were shouting for help, this was reported to the police by a walker descending Scafell Pike. As the team were gathering at base to get the rescue boat deployed the team leader was notified by the police that the people were safely out of the water. The team were stood down.

Great Gable – Tue 1st Jun 2021

Just before 11pm we received a message from Cumbria Police about a gentleman reported to have hurt his ankle and having difficulty getting down from Great Gable. He was with his 14 year old son, his wife having gone ahead to raise the call for help. A full team call out was initiated, however as team members were mobilising we received an update to let us know that the gentleman had made it safely down. The team were then stood down.

Upper Eskdale – Tue 25th May 2021

We were contacted by Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team (LAMRT) team leader to assist them locating 2 lost people in Upper Eskdale. A small team were deployed in Eskdale to meet with Langdale team members at the last known location. The Langdale team arrived first and escorted the people back to their valley. Wasdale were stood down when close to the location.

Overbeck, Wasdale – Wed 19th May 2021

The team were called out to a male who was reported by another walker to be sitting on the path on the slopes of Yewbarrow. It was reported the gentleman could not walk as he was exhausted and both ankles were sore. 16 Wasdale team members were deployed along with 8 of our colleagues from Duddon MRT. The medics stabilised the casualty who was then carried by stretcher to Overbeck car park where an ambulance took him to hospital for further medical care. We hope the gentleman makes a speedy recovery. Thanks to our friends from Duddon and Furness Mountain…