65 in 2008
Scafell Pike
Other Agencies

Call from Cumbria police regarding a group of 3 Peakers in trouble. The informant was at the campsite telephone box. Two groups had set off to complete Scafell Pike as a Three Peaks Challenge. Although the weather conditions were appalling with very heavy rain the groups had set off. The groups consisted 9 walkers and 7 walkers, all in their mid to late 20s – some Australian. The group of 7 had failed to turn up at the rendezvous (Brackenclose roadhead). At 2:00 hrs further information came in that the missing group had been last seen as a group of 6 at 7.25 pm somewhere between the slabs and Lingmell Col. One of their party had already gone adrift and it was not known if he had become lost in Hollowstones or decided to go up Mickledore. The decision was made to wait until 7:00 hrs – at 8:00 hrs the team leader put out a full team callout and asked the informant to make her way up the fell to get a mobile signal and try and contact the group. When this was done a call came in from the group of 6 who had found their missing person, had been lost themselves (probably on the Eskdale side) and had sensibly made their way back up to the summit where they had a mobile signal. They then made contact with their transport / informant and the callout was cancelled, including the callout of the Duddon & Furness MRT. A happy ending.See callout 53 [09/08/08] which has similarities although this group were well equipped although perhaps could do with brushing up on – keeping together as a group and night navigation in bad weather. See article here concerning rescue 53

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