11 in 2020
Piers Gill, Scafell Pike
Other Agencies

Team Members were called out by Cumbria Police in search of two lost persons who reported themselves to be lost in poor visibility and in the vicinity of Piers Gill, one of Wasdale’s main accident blackspots. Immediately recognising the potential consequences associated to the difficult ground with that area, the Team Leader following current MREW COVID-19 protocols, deployed our rescuers and the Teams search dog Jess and her handler.

As soon as Jess arrived on location she was very quickly able to locate the lost persons in the mist and reducing light. Team Members immediately assessed the situation from the risks associated with COVID-19, and were able to confirm this risk to be minimal. After an initial welfare check the gentleman and his son were issued with a head torch each and safely guided back down to the valley bottom by the rest of the team, maintaining social distancing throughout.

Incident started at 18:30 and ended at 01:00 making 6.5 hrs in total. There were 14 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 21115 08395. Total rescuer hours: 91