Wasdale MRT deployed to help walkers who were nowhere to be seen

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (WMRT) members were called on August 1 by Cumbria Constabulary after a third party reported to them that two walkers had become stuck between Great Gable and Beck Head, with conditions reported as ‘misty’ with ‘little visibility’, and ‘raining’.

A WMRT spokesperson said: “A limited callout was made, and a small hill party was tasked to locate and escort the walkers back to safe ground.

“However, when the team arrived at the reported location, there was no indication of anyone in need of help.

“A short time later, a welcome call was received to confirm the walkers were safe and had reached Black Sail YHA, and so the hill party stood down and returned to base.

“It’s possible that with improving conditions and visibility, a seemingly precarious and intimidating position became more manageable and enabled a self-rescue, a good outcome.”

The callout started at 6:31pm, lasting five hours and five minutes, and involved eight mountain rescuers.

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