The team leader was called by the police to rescue the occupants of five stranded vehicles on the A595 road between Waberthwaite and Bootle. A snow plough was also blocked in with a digger working its way towards the stranded cars from the south. The team had already put themselves on standby due to the sever snow conditions in the county. Kendal and Langdale team were also carrying out similar rescues in their areas.The team landrovers had to battle their way through the deep snowdrifts, digging out other stranded motorists on the way before eventually grinding to a halt approximately 2 miles from Bootle. Whilst the two landrovers tried in vain to find an alternative way round, two team members battled on foot, checking abandoned cars as they passed them and eventually arriving at the stranded cars just before the digger arrived to free the snow plough. The cars were cleared by 12.00 p.m. and the team were then called to rescue a stranded lady motorist back towards Muncaster Bridge.Trying to get the vehicles back to Broad Oak proved impossible, even though alternative routes were tried. The vehicles could get back to within half a mile of Broad Oak by crossing fields. When it was looking like the vehicles themselves might have needed to be abandoned due to the worsening conditions, a lone digger from Workington arrived to clear the short 1/4 mile section of road that the local farmers had been unable to clear. The team returned to base but still had to effect a number of rescues on the way back. Incident(s) was closed at 5.00 p.m.
Incident started at 09:10 and ended at 17:00 making 7.8 hrs in total.