9 in 2001
Upper Eskdale
Other Agencies

Call from Whitehaven Police. Two people (22yr old and 56 yr old males – lightly equipped, no torches or whistles had rung 999 to say they were lost (not injured) and needed MRT assistance to help them down. Initially, we could not call them back as their mobile number was unavailable (a common experience). At about 2015 hrs we did talk directly to them and determined that they had been onto Scafell Pike but were now trying to return to Langdale. They described going down onto Great Moss and traversing over to the Green Hole area and Crinkle Crags. From various features, we guessed they were only a few hundred metres south of ‘Three Tarns’. We therefore got them to continue northwards until they could pick up the path again and to descend to Langdale. As no one else was expecting them in Langdale (they were camping for the night) we also rang the team Leader of Langdale / Ambleside MRT to advise him what was going on, giving him details of their vehicle and where it was parked. Langdale / Ambleside confirmed they had got down alright at 2300 hrs.

Incident started at 20:00 and ended at 23:00 making 3 hrs in total.