- 2 in 2007
- Callout —
- Unknown Location
The team were paged by Workington Police to respond to a ‘999’ mobile call regarding a male shout followed by a dog barking for 20 minutes. Two separate telephone calls came regarding this incident so the team were called out. The informant and his partner were on Slightside under Horn Crag when they heard the shout, high up on the ridge. When this was followed by the dog barking they became concerned and made their way off the mountain to get a mobile signal. The shouts were at 2.20 p.m. 21 team members went on the fell whilst team members on base tried to contact the informants on both phones, leaving messages. The informant eventually got a mobile signal and called the base. Both calls had been made from the same party. The base made contact with local farmers to rule out a farmer and sheep dog. It was eventually established that the local foxhounds were out on the fell on a hunt and were on Slightside at the time the shouts were heard. The incident was stood down at 6.45 p.m. when it became clear that there was no-one on the fell. Team members returned to base and the incident was closed at around 8.00 p.m., recorded as a well intentioned false alarm.
Incident started at 15:38 and ended at 20:00 making 4.4 hrs in total. There were 21 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 92