FOUR men were rescued from England's largest mountain after they become cragfast in the dark.

The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 8.45 pm on Wednesday following a ‘999’ call from four young walkers who had become crag fast whilst descending Scafell Pike.

They left the summit at 4.30pm but made a navigational error and dropped into Piers Ghyll, a notorious black spot for the team. Fourteen team members attended the incident and after a ten hour rescue the walkers were brought to safety. A spokesperson from WMRT said: "They were roped off the crags from their extremely precarious position and then walked back down to Wasdale Head."

The incident closed at around 7.30 am. This was the 109th incident in 2012 for the Wasdale Team.