We were called by Police about a group of young walkers on a DofE expedition reporting themselves cragfast whilst trying to descend into Eskdale. Using the accurate grid reference they supplied they were quickly located on a steep bracken covered bank overlooking Low Birker. They were helped back onto the path then then continued on their way. As with a number of DofE related calls we receive the size of rucksacks being carried was part of the problem making it difficult for the walkers to keep their footing on the terrain.
Incident started at 15:50 and ended at 18:05 making 2.3 hrs in total. There were 18 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 189 001 (altitude 183 m). Total rescuer hours: 41