34 in 2020
Scafell Pike
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This evening a Father and two sons contacted Cumbria Police to report themselves lost in the Scafell Pike area in extremely poor weather and visibility. Having set off from Seathwaite in Borrowdale they became disorientated in the poor conditions and were no longer able to follow the route up to the Pike.

Due to their phone batteries going flat the Team Leader was unable to either make contact or accurately identify their location. Based on information provided by the police at the initial stages of the call out, a team member was able to provide an area in which to focus on and a team was sent out with the search dog Jess to cover that area. As nothing was found over night, the hill party’s were recalled to base and the search moved into a second phase and in preparation for a wider search additional resources were requested.

Members from Keswick MRT, Duddon & Furness MRT, SARDA Lakes and RAF Leeming MRT responded to the request. However, having spent an uncomfortable night out in dreadful conditions, the family were able to make their own way down to the Wasdale valley floor at first light.

Wasdale MRT would like to thank the other voluntary Mountain Rescue Teams and RAF Leeming MRT that were able to quickly respond and provide support and advice.

Incident started at 21:39 and ended at 09:30 making 11.9 hrs in total.