The team were paged by Workington police to attend a search for a missing teenage girl who had been swept down the river Ehen at Egremont. The 16 year old girl from Egremont had been walking her dog along the bank of the river Ehen which was in full spate following heavy overnight rain. The dog went into the water, she waded in to save it but got swept downstream. The alarm was raised and there followed a multi agency response co-ordinated by the police. 20 police officers were involved along with the Coastguard, RNLI, Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service plus two Sea King helicopters, one from RN Gannet, Prestwick, Great North Air Ambulance, Police helicopter and 24 members of the Wasdale team.The girl was found in the river at around 4.00 p.m. and taken by Air Ambulance to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. She unfortunately did not recover. A tragic accident. The incident was closed at 5.00 p.m.
Incident started at 14:42 and ended at 17:00 making 2.3 hrs in total. There were 24 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 55