Direct call from the owner of the Wasdale Head Inn. He had very concerned parents who were waiting for their sonto turn up from a walk and thought he was long overdue. The missing person was a 47 yr old male, walking alone and setting off from Buttermere (Gatesgarth from their description). He was walking without a rucksack or any other equipment other than what he was wearing – Jeans, T shirt, pullover, boots. No map, torch, other clothing, food etc. He was last seen just after mid-day and coming to Wasdale Head via Scarth Gap and Black Sail. Weather not too bad on the coast but had been cloudy at pass level.The team leader advised that he we wait until 7.00 pm before taking action. The overdue walker turned up at 6.55pm, just as the team leader was looking up the Cockermouth Team’s number as backup and the deputy team leader was dialing the number for our group paging system. Although there were three team members involved in the pre callout work it does not constitute an official incident and therefore not given a number although reported here for interest and awareness.
Incident started at 18:00 and ended at 19:00 making 1 hrs in total. There were 3 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 3