Call via Whitehaven Police regarding three people stuck on the summit of Great Gable. They had rung (by mobile phone) to report that although they appeared to be well equipped (bivi bags, waterproofs, GPS etc) they were cold, wet and getting very cold. They did not believe they would be able to walk off unassisted if they had to sit it out until the morning. Conditions during the day had been very wet and they were not sure of their exact location as they were in cloud and darkness. Seventeen members responded to a full call out to go and locate them and escort them off. We made sure we had the backup of stretchers and dry casualty bags but found that they were able to walk off under their own steam, even if slowly. Everybody was back at Base and this incident closed at around 0500 hrs. on the Monday morning.
Incident started at 22:20 and ended at 05:00 making 6.7 hrs in total. There were 17 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 114