We were alerted by Cumbria police about 2 walkers who had reported themselves lost, possibly on the descent from Scafell Pike but this was not certain from the information they had given to the police. It was not possible to speak to them either by phone or text and the phonefind was unsuccessful, so there was no way of knowing even which fell they were on. A team member went to car parks to look for the car which was not there, so it was assumed they had got down and left the valley. However, it was another 3 hours before contact could be established to confirm this.
Incident started at 17:56 and ended at 21:20 making 3.4 hrs in total.