123 in 2022
Wind Gap, Pillar
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In our third call of the day from Cumbria Police, a concern was reported from a partner regarding a lone fell runner. They had received a call from the runner who reported that their head torch had malfunctioned and they were left in the dark. As most fell runners do, they intentionally travelled light but did have emergency equipment. Knowing this and with very poor weather conditions at high elevation the risk was considerable if stranded for an extended period of time.
Their partner helpfully had access to a tracking app and was able to give a last known location – near Wind Gap on Pillar. With their car parked in Wasdale, the Team Leader requested help from our neighbours, Cockermouth MRT, as given the circumstances they are able to reach Wind Gap more quickly from the Ennerdale side to provide additional warm clothing. A team from Wasdale MRT was tasked from Wasdale Head to meet Cockermouth and cover the scenario that the runner was still moving down into Mosedale.
However, as the Wasdale team was leaving Wasdale Head the good news was received that the runner had made contact with their partner and was back in the valley, confirming that they had indeed managed to get down safely on their own.
Thanks again to our friends at Cockermouth MRT.

Incident started at 18:16 and ended at 20:10 making 1.9 hrs in total. There were 8 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 166116. Total rescuer hours: 15