The team were paged by Whitehaven police to respond to a ‘999’ call for a 17 year old female walker who had been reported as collapsed near Lingmel Col. The informant had been one of her walking male friends who had run down to the hotel at Wasdale Head to raise the alarm. In addition to this another group of walkers had heard cries for help and whistles in the Dropping Crag area of Scafell Pike, nearer to Broad Crag Col. They raised the alarm by mobile phone. Therefore there was some slight confusion over the two reports and whether there might be two incidents. Fortunately the team leader was already on the hill in the Lords Rake area when the call came through from the police. A full team callout was made and around 18 team members set off from Brackenclose. When the team leader got over to Lingmel Col there was no casualty to be found. He made his way up to Broad Crag Col via the top of Piers Gill and finally located the ‘injured’ walker on the path down from Broad Crag col to the corridor route. They were walking down with no apparent injuries. She was checked over by the team doctor and walked off the mountain via Lingmel Col to Wasdale Head. The conditions on the hill were snow and ice down to Broad Crag col and it is believed that she may have slipped on the steep descent to Broad Crag col. The incident was closed around 6.30 p.m.
Incident started at 16:48 and ended at 18:30 making 1.7 hrs in total. There were 18 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 31