63 in 2008
Scafell Pike

Call from Cumbria police concerning a 58 yr old male long overdue walker who was on a walk to Scafell Pike. The informant was in Langdale but did not know exactly what her husband’s intended route was. The walker was reported as – not having an adequate map, no compass, no torch, no waterproof over trousers. The weather was appalling with extremely heavy showers and low cloud so the team leader had real concerns about the missing walker. Whilst the team leader was gathering information the missing person turned up safe and well. Incident closed at 9.42 p.m. It is interesting to note that his only map was on the brochure that he had picked up in Ambleside Tourist Information Office and that the quoted time for the walk was 4 hours. The team have not seen this brochure yet so will be following this up with Cumbria Tourism who are working alongside the Lake District MRTs to raise public awareness of the dangers of the hills and the need for good preparation and taking the right clothing and equipment [This incident is No. 53 out of 72 x ‘999’s in 2008 compared to 46 out of 60 x’999’s at the same time last year i.e. 15% and 18% increases on last year’s calls respectively]

Incident started at 21:18 and ended at 21:42 making 0.4 hrs in total. There was 1 Wasdale team member involved. Total rescuer hours: 0.4