38 in 2006
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Call received from Duddon and Furness MR Team Leader requesting support following the report of an overdue male walker in his late 20’s. He had set off from the Duddon Valley ay 1.00 p.m. the previous day to walk over to Eskdale but he had not returned. He had been reported long overdue by his grandfather. He was reported as an experienced walker. The Deputy leader put out a limited callout due to the uncertainty of his intended route with the intent of covering the Birker Moor area. Further information and planning meant further searchers were needed so a full callout was made at 3:24 hrs requesting more searchers for the Harter Fell Area. In addition to the Duddon & Furness team, Wasdale had 12 team members on the fell plus the Wasdale Search dog. As the search progressed a further 5 search dogs were called in from SARDA England along with a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey.The missing walker was located at around 7:00 hrs walking back to his starting point, through the forestry tracks. He had walked across to Eskdale the previous day, called in at the King George for a pint before proceeding up Scafell and then across to Crinkle Crags where he lost daylight and spent the night on the fell. He walked out at first light. Wasdale Base was closed at around 9:00 hrs

Incident started at 02:32 and ended at 09:00 making 6.5 hrs in total. There were 12 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 78