28 in 2006

A telephone call came into the Team Leader via the bar staff at the Wasdale Head Inn. An elderly gentleman walked into the bar and told the bar staff that he had heard a female voice shouting for help in the vicinity of Dore Head. The Team Leader notified the police and sent two team members out to investigate whilst he opened up the base and awaited further details from the fell. The Dore Head scree area was checked out and there were no signs of a casualty nor cries for help. The incident was stood down at 7.20 p.m. and recorded as a well intentioned false alarm. It is worth mentioning that a similar type incident was investigated on Scafell a couple of years ago when the team had just completed a rescue in the Hollowstones area. Most team members present (including the writer) definitely heard a woman’s cries for help which came across very clearly from Scafell Crags. A major crag search ensued but nothing was found. It was put down to a vixen call.

Incident started at 18:40 and ended at 19:20 making 0.7 hrs in total. There were 3 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 2.1