We were contacted by Police regarding a party of twelve people who had been walking on Scafell Pike and were now lost on the descent. They reported that they were wet and cold. The team leader tried to contact them to get further details but was unable to make voice contact and after an hour of trying decided to wait for a further call from the group before taking action. The party eventually managed to get themselves off the hill.
These people did nothing wrong but it is worth noting that after calling for mountain rescue the team leader will want to call back to decide on the correct action. If you have good phone reception when making the initial call it is best to wait at that location until speaking with the team. Sometimes a text message can work when voice contact does not.
Incident started at 02:56 and ended at 06:38 making 3.7 hrs in total.