54 in 2007
Black Sail Pass
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The team were paged by the police to search for a missing father and mother who had set off to walk from Ennerdale to Wasdale and failed to turn up at their car in Wasdale. The couple were in their 50’s and were reported to be experienced but with light clothing. They were from Wigan and their son raised the alarm. They had apparently got lost in the woods and eventually checked into the Blacksail Youth Hostel (hut) but had then left sometime after 11.00 p.m. to walk over Blacksail Pass to their car in Wasdale. The police had already phoned round all the hotels, farms and B&Bs in the Wasdale valley.Both Cockermouth MRT and Wasdale MRT were involved in the search. Wasdale full callout was at 5:22 hrs The missing couple and their dog were eventually found safe and well by the Wasdale Search dog and Handler on the descent path from Blacksail at around 7:00 hrs . They were surprised to see the team as they had left the Youth Hostel at 5:30 hrs to walk back over.There were approximately 15 Wasdale team members including the Wasdale / SARDA search dog handler on the rescue. The incident was closed at around 8.30 a.m. with the missing persons returned to their car at Brackenclose road end.

Incident started at 04:30 and ended at 08:30 making 4 hrs in total. There were 15 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY1826 1058 (altitude 234 m). Total rescuer hours: 60