- 80 in 2020
- Limited Callout — Lost
- Scafell Pike
- Low Cloud
- Other Agencies
- Cumbria Police, Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs
The team were called by Cumbria Police after receiving a 999 call from a party of 2 walkers who had become lost on their ascent of Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head.
They had eventually found the summit but by now it was dark. They took shelter in one of the stone shelters near the summit and were cold, tired and unsure how to get back down.
The team leader spoke to the party over the phone and explained how to find the correct path whilst a small team of rescuers was mobilized to meet them with spare lights etc.. By now their torch batteries were failing leaving them with just their mobile phones for which they had a power bank. Phonefind was used to track their progress and further messages of instruction were sent to them. Once moving they made good progress and were soon met by the team and escorted back to the valley.
Incident started at 21:56 and ended at 01:17 making 3.4 hrs in total. There were 6 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY215071. Total rescuer hours: 20