38 in 2005
Scafell Pike

Call from the police to search for two lost male walkers in their early 50’s who had left Brackenclose earlier that day to climb Scafell Pike. They had made the summit then became lost at some slabs at about 200 ft below the summit of the Pike. They were contacted on their mobile phone by the team leader and they advised that they had proceeded down until they came to a wall at which point they headed East. The signal was then lost on the phone and they could not be contacted again. This put them possibly at the Piers Gill area. A small group of 8 were called out to locate them. 7 team members (4 routes) searched the complete area until 4.00 am and then returned to base after failing to locate them. Visibility on the high fell varied from clear to thick cloud. The team were preparing to go out again at 10:00 hrs The missing walkers turned up safe and well at Seathwaite at 10:20 hrs Their car was still at Brackenclose, Wasdale Head. It is still unknown where they spent the night.

Incident started at 22:00 and ended at 04:00 making 6 hrs in total. There were 8 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 48