Call from Workington Police regarding a father and son reported long overdue from Scafell Pike. The informant(his wife) was in Milton Keynes but was expecting telephone contact – which would certainly have been normal. They’d been on the summit at about 1.30pm and they should have been heading back to Seathwaite.The wife was very sensible and was happy that contacting MR didn’t necessarily prompt a blue light reaction straight away. She was therefore pleased to discuss potential issues and rationally decide how best to deal with the specific event. We agreed to leave it until after YHA closing time at 11pm, then the WMRT Leader I spoke to the Keswick MRT Leader if a Keswick MR member could check for the car at Seathwaite. They turned up at 11.20pmbefore anyone had actually rolled any wheels, so not getting logged as an incident.We think they’d gone into the wrong valley and had a big day out, having walked back over to Seathwaite. i.e. they’d gone back to the hostel straight from the hill, without stopping in pubs or to get food at that point.
Incident started at 22:40.