61 in 2004
Slight Side, Scafell

Call from Workington Police to rescue three walkers who had become stuck on Scafell. The lady and two males, all in their 30’s had set off from Wasdale Head at 10.00 am that morning to walk Scafell. They had climbed up to Mickledore ridge before descending via Cam Spout into upper Eskdale. They then walked back to Wasdale via Sampson’s Stones and up over the shoulder of Slightside. They eventually ran out of light on the western slopes of Scafell and called for help on their mobile. From the information available at the time, the focus of the search was the western slopes. If this had proved unsuccessful the team would extend the search boundaries. Fortunately the missing persons were located relatively quickly thanks to the efforts of Rosie, Stephen Walter’s recently assessed Search Dog. This is the second find in the past few weeks and a credit to Stephen and Rosie. The missing group were walked safely off the mountain although great care was necessary crossing the swollen rivers and very marshy ground in the region of Burnmoor tarn. The group were back at the vehicles by 10.30 pm. The owner of the Wasdale Head Inn invited the team back for Hogmany drinks and a good nosh up (many thanks Howard). This was particularly appreciated as we had all missed out on the evenings drinking, eating and new year’s eve celebrations. As this was the last rescue of the year and also the last rescue that would be alerted on the old 02 pager system I thought it fitting to have a general news page with some pictures of the rescue see here

Incident started at 17:16.