53 in 2005
Scafell Pike
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Telephone call from the police to respond to a ‘999’ from a mobile phone. 4 male walkers had walked from the Wasdale valley bottom to the top of Scafell Pike. One of their party had sustained an injury to his leg. They had met up with another party of four and had been making their way back down the mountain towards Esk Hause. The gave a grid reference which was incorrect but could have indicated that they were somewhere in upper Eskdale area. Search groups were sent up from both the Wasdale and Eskdale sides. At around 7.00 p.m. they called in to say they were north of Lingmel fell, making their way down a wide path which was running in a westerly direction with a river running alongside. They were carrying two lights amongst the group of eight. The search team on the Wasdale side made contact and walked them off the mountain back to their cars. 21 team members were deployed on the fell along with two SARDA handlers with their search dogs from the Wasdale Team. In addition there were 4 team members on base and relay duties. Weather conditions were poor with low cloud and torrential rain. Rivers were in full flood. The incident was closed at approximately 8.30 p.m.

Incident started at 18:15 and ended at 20:30 making 2.3 hrs in total. There were 25 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 58