66 in 2006

The team were called out by Cumbria police to rescue two walkers on Great Gable. The man and woman had been to the summit at 2.30 p.m., then again at 4.00 p.m., they believed they were at Beck Head and raised the alarm via a ‘999’ mobile phone call. They were in cloud and had a small torch. The team leader initiated a limited callout and 11 team members were deployed. One group up to Beck Head and the other to Aaron Slack via Sty Head pass. When the lost persons were neither located at Beck Head nor Windy Gap, a full callout was initiated to explore Kirk Fell, Mosedale and Blacksail. At around 8.30 p.m. the lost couple turned up at the Fox and Hounds at Ennerdale Bridge. They were safe, well and tired (Ennerdale Bridge is 10 miles from the head of Ennerdale Valley). We suspect that they probably managed to get a lift to the village. Weather conditions were cold but clear up to the cloud base which was local to the tops. There were approximately 18 team members involved from the Wasdale team and support from the Cockermouth team. The incident was closed at 10.30 p.m.[When two team members got back to the Wasdale Head Inn, they went to the bar and were greeted by a female walker from York who asked if she could buy them a drink. They were delighted, took up her spontaneous offer, and immediately converted it into a pint of Gable Shandy and pot of tea (driving) – many thanks Theresa as we said we would give you a mention].

Incident started at 16:53 and ended at 20:30 making 3.6 hrs in total. There were 11 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 40