17 in 2008
Middleboot Knotts, Scafell Pike
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Team paged by Police. Three male walkers in their early 20s had become lost on their descent from Scafell Pike. They were attempting the Three Peaks Challenge and had climbed Ben Nevis the previous day. They were well equipped but had made a navigational error. Weather conditions were very poor with driving snow, strong winds and cloud down to 1,500 feet. They reported on their mobile that they were on a north facing slope and could see a stream to their right. The lost group were located at 8:00 hrs in the Middleboot Knot area, just to the east of Piers Gill (incident Black spot). They were walked off the mountain via Lingmel Nose and back in the valley bottom at 9:00 hrs The Wasdale Head Inn gave them hot drinks and food and they set off to Wales to complete their challenge. 12 Wasdale Team members were involved including Search dog Pippa, Wasdale team and SARDA Lakes. The incident was closed at 10:00 hrsVideo of the rescue on You Tube here

Incident started at 04:06 and ended at 09:00 making 4.9 hrs in total. There were 12 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY2138 0807 (altitude 687 m). Total rescuer hours: 59