Call from Police for two missing Three Peakers. A group of four walkers had set off from Wasdale Head at 5.00 a.m. to climb Scafell Pike in wet and windy conditions. They separated on the way up and a 40 year old male and female pair became lost on their descent – They were last seen at 7.00 a.m. on the plateau descending after summiting. The team leader decided to wait until 1.15 p.m. before calling out the Wasdale team along with the Duddon and Furness MRT. Around 20 team members in total attended. As Wasdale members were preparing to leave the base the missing persons turned up safe and well. The Duddon and Furness team members were stood down and the incident closed at 2.30 pm.
Postscript – the pair, who were ill equipped with only a handwritten map, had made a navigational error and descended into Eskdale, walking out to find a phone but then, having had no luck, retraced their steps back up Little Narrow Cove and over the top back into Wasdale.
Incident started at 10:59 and ended at 14:30 making 3.5 hrs in total. There were 20 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 70