31 in 2001
Upper Eskdale

Call from Police to rescue 2 injured walkers from upper Eskdale. The group of 4 had started their walk the previous day. Their plan was to climb Scafell Pike via the corridor route. On reaching Styhead stretcher box they carried straight on towards Esk Hause and we believe ascended Great end via the band. On eventually reaching the summit with visibility down to 5m, they became lost on their descent into Wasdale. They finally came across a group of RAF officers camping at Samson Stones who helped them out of the upper Eskdale area. On their descent two of the walkers slipped, one sustaining a minor head injury and the other a back injury. The RAF group raised the alarm from Brotherilkeld (999 call). The back injury was carried off by stretcher and the rest of the group were able to walk off unassisted. The casualty was taken to West Cumberland hospital by ambulance. The RAF group were taken by road back to Keswick.The Gosforth base was closed at 0800 hrs.

Incident started at 03:00 and ended at 08:00 making 5 hrs in total.