The team were paged by Cumbria Police to respond to a mobile ‘999’ call from two male walkers who were lost near the summit of Scafell Pike in darkness, heavy rain and storm force winds. The missing walkers had a GPS but no torch or map. The two walkers were located uninjured at 8.10 p.m. near the summit and escorted off the mountain. A gust with a wind speed of 73mph was recorded on the mountain, hurricane force on the Beaufort Scale and the heavy rain throughout the day had made the stream crossings extremely dangerous. 17 team members were involved and the rescue lasted 5 hours and closed at around 10.30 p.m.Sunset was 4.12 p.m. and heavy rain and strong winds were forecast for the afternoon.
Incident started at 17:16 and ended at 20:10 making 2.9 hrs in total. There were 17 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 21547 07232 (altitude 972 m). Total rescuer hours: 49