Police callout to investigate a sighting of a possible body located on Lingmell Crags. The informant initially gave a description which put the body on the Crags above Piers Gill, viewed from the Corridor Route. However, once the team were on the hill, more information was obtained which put the sighting on the northern crags viewed from the Styhead Path on the Great Gable side. Although it was suspected to be a coloured bag by the team leader, a thorough search was needed to establish that no one was injured. The bright orange survival bag was eventually sighted and located but did not contain a person. The bag was removed off the mountain and incident closed at 8.00 p.m. 15 team members were involved in the callout which was a well intentioned ‘999’ which could have been a lot worse.
Incident started at 16:27 and ended at 18:00 making 1.6 hrs in total. There were 15 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 2059 0852 (altitude 562 m). Total rescuer hours: 24