The team was called for 3 walkers who where lost somewhere under Bow Fell in the Upper Esk. Due to the location the team leader was unable to re-contact the group. The were sent text messages with instructions should they become unlost and a small party was dispatched to search for them. There was several groups of lights around the fell, the first set belonged to an ML group, who had seen the walkers some time ago heading up Lincove Beck. As the team were about to head off again another ML group contacted the police to say they had come across our missing people. A quick check of the grid reference given tied up with further lights in the distance. Soon after the team met up with the party and escorted the group down to Eskdale and an awaiting taxi back to their car in Langdale.
Although initially unsure of their location they didn’t have a torch so had comms been better they still would have needed assistance other than verbal guidance to get off the hill.
Incident started at 18:19 and ended at 01:43 making 7.4 hrs in total. There were 6 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY243057 (altitude 550 m). Total rescuer hours: 44