28 in 2023
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A call was received yesterday from Cumbria Police regarding a lone walker who had departed with the intention of walking from Wasdale Head to Pillar. A family member had reported him as overdue and was concerned for his safety.
The car parks (and pub!) at Wasdale Head were checked, which confirmed that he was likely to be still on the fell. When he still had not turned up in the valley some time later the Team Leader called out the team to make the most of the remaining daylight. A call was also made to Cockermouth MRT to help as Pillar summit represents the border of our respective areas, with quicker access via Ennerdale.
Happily, as the first team vehicle was heading into Wasdale the missing walker’s car was observed heading out. He had also just notified the police of his safe return having seen the request to do so on his windscreen. A good outcome.
Many thanks to Cockermouth MRT for their quick response.
(Photo of Jess from another callout for attention 😊)

Incident started at 15:44 and ended at 18:34 making 2.8 hrs in total. There were 11 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 31