60 in 2005
Hollowstones, Scafell Pike
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Call from the police earlier that evening with little information about a 48 yr old mother and 16 yr old son who were lost somewhere in the Scafell area but they were well equipped. The team mustered 13 Wasdale members which included three of the Wasdale search dog handlers with their dogs. In addition a further five SARDA search dogs and handlers were called out and the Keswick MRT base was manned for communications and control. The RAF Leeming MRT were training locally at Boot, Eskdale and they were tasked to help with the search. The mother and son were located in Hollowstones, just below Scafell Pike, by one of the Wasdale search dogs. They were trying to complete the 3 Peaks challenge (normally undertaken during the summer months when weather conditions and available light are more favourable). They were ill equipped and the mother was in shorts and trainers. They had completed Ben Nevis earlier that day and they had left the bottom of the valley at 4.00 p.m. They were located at around 11.00 p.m. and safely walked back down the mountain to the Hotel where they were met by friends. The incident was closed early Sunday morning.

Incident started at 21:10 and ended at 01:00 making 3.8 hrs in total. There were 14 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 53