113 in 2023
Scafell Pike
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In the third alert of the day, a call was received from Cumbria Police about a family who had split up on an ascent of Scafell Pike. They had all set off from Seathwaite together but intentionally split into two groups of two. Due to the lack of phone signal on large areas of the Scafell Massif they had lost contact with other, and somehow ended up in completely different locations. Then in two separate phone calls to the police, they were concerned about each others’ whereabouts! Once two and two was put together by the Team Leader (literally!) they were back in contact and the team stood down.
This tale is a good reminder to not rely on mobile phone in this area to keep in contact with each other, as there are large areas where signal is patchy at best and non-existent at worst.

Incident started at 22:07 and ended at 22:54 making 0.8 hrs in total. There were 2 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 1.6