82 in 2018
Piers Gill, Scafell Pike
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We were called by Police about a further group of 3 walkers who had become lost whilst descending Scafell Pike and one of whom had fallen somewhere towards the gill. Team members from the earlier incident went back up the hill whilst further support was obtained from other Wasdale and Duddon Team members. Conditions by this time on the mountain had become very challenging with heavy rain and swollen streams. Two of the walkers were located just below the ‘bad step’ on the Piers Gill path and were rewarmed, then walked off the hill by team members. Despite extensive searching by both teams the third walker who’d fallen could not be found and the search was stood down to the next day. The search restarted on the Tuesday morning and was joined by members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, specialist Swift Water Rescue Technicians from around Lakes MR teams and the Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick. Around lunchtime the helicopter spotted the missing walker in the Piers Gill area. Team members and the aircraft paramedic then attended to the casualty. Unfortunately the casualty was declared deceased during the rescue and are thoughts are with their family and friends right now. We would like to thank all those who helped us on this difficult incident including Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, Lake District Water Rescue Group, Cumbria Police and Rescue 199.

Incident started at 20:59 and ended at 15:40 making 18.7 hrs in total. Incident occured at NY 21352 08469 (altitude 445 m).