51 in 2006
Piers Gill, Scafell Pike
Other Agencies

Within two hours of the previous callout closing, the police paged the team to assist a single male walker who had become disorientated on the descent from Scafell Pike in changing visibility and low cloud. The team were assisted by a helicopter from RAF Wattisham who were on deployment to Wasdale Head carrying out essential mountain flying practice and conducting exercises with the Wasdale team at the time of the call. The value of exercising with Wasdale MRT was demonstrated by the speed with which the RAF and MRT jointly formulated and executed the rescue plan. This enabled the casualty to be found quickly before darkness set in and avoided a lengthy night search with a potentially difficult evacuation from Piers Gill, a very difficult area for rescues and one where rescues are becoming increasingly frequent. The casualty was airlifted from the mountain along with one of the MRT search parties back down to the valley bottom. Incident was closed at around 7.30 p.m.

Incident started at 16:58 and ended at 19:30 making 2.5 hrs in total.