36 in 2004
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The team leader was called by Cockermouth MRT to assist in the search for two overdue walkers who were doing the Ennerdale horseshoe. The father and his 17 year old son from London had set off late morning the previous day and their last contact had been at Brandreth (head of Ennerdale valley late afternoon).Wasdale MRT were asked to search the Mosedale valley up the Blacksail pass ( a possible escape route for them). Weather conditions were poor with very heavy rain squalls and cloud level down to the pass levels. A limited callout was made and two routes were checked on the Wasdale side; Blacksail to Kirk Fell summit to Beck Head and down to Wasdale Head; Mosedale – Black Comb Head – Scoat Tarn – Netherbeck – Wasdale road. The two missing persons were found at around 0630 hrs, safe and well just below Scoat Tarn and were walked out via Netherbeck to the road head in Wasdale. There were around 15 Cockermouth Team members involved, 7 Wasdale members and a couple of search dogs. The RAF had been called earlier that morning to rendezvous at Blacksail at 0800 hrs for a full search of the ridges and gulleys. They were stood down once the missing father and son had been located. Incident closed at 0830 hrs, back in work for the 1000 hrs meeting and back home again at 1600hrs for a snooze. Fortunately no more callouts for Wasdale that day however Cockermouth MRT were called out again in the afternoon for an ankle injury.

Incident started at 00:49 and ended at 08:30 making 7.7 hrs in total. There were 7 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 54