47 in 2023
Scafell Pike
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The team was called by Cumbria Police about two walkers who had split up from their original group on the fell and then had not returned back to Borrowdale as expected. They had parted ways close to the top of Scafell Pike the previous evening, could not be contacted by mobile phone (possibly out of battery by this point) and had limited equipment to keep warm. With a vast area to search, the Team Leader asked neighbouring teams to search the obvious routes in their ares and Duddon and Furness MRT were asked to cover Upper Eskdale. Available search dogs were also drafted in to help sweep larger areas.
The missing people were found by a search dog at about 11am in the far reaches of Upper Eskdale, cold but otherwise well. They were then helped off the fell by Duddon and Furness team members for the long walk back to the road.
Thanks to all of the other teams and dogs that supported this search, happily a good outcome this time.

Incident started at 03:43 and ended at 14:57 making 11.2 hrs in total. There were 15 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 168