44 in 2004
Scafell Pike

Workington Police contacted the Team to respond to whistles heard at Dropping Crag, Scafell Pike. A group of walkers were descending from the Pike towards Lingmell Col when they heard a lot of whistles. They contacted the police and the police paged the team who were traveling back from a full days practice in Eskdale. Whilst gathering further information from the informants, the convoy of three team vehicles made its way back to Gosforth to prepare itself for the possible rescue. When back at base it was decided to wait for 30 minutes to see if further calls came in. Nothing happened but it did give team members to have a bite and cup of tea in readiness to go back out. By 1700 hrs it was decided to stand down and go home. Later that evening, the original group who had raised the alarm contacted the Team Leader, whose number had been retained in their mobile, to ask for help getting them off the mountain. They had dropped down to the top of Piers Gill and lost the path. Fortunately the team leader managed to locate their position from the descriptions over the phone and send them back on their way to Lingmel Col and back to Brackenclose. They phones up later that evening to thank him and say they were down safely in the Wasdale Head Inn having a pint. There were no further calls that evening regarding whistles or missing persons.

Incident started at 16:18 and ended at 17:00 making 0.7 hrs in total.