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Two people and dog rescued off Scafell Pike
2:10pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
TWO people and a dog were flown to hospital after getting lost in 'one of the most remote areas' of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team's area.
At around 4pm yesterday (Tuesday) a male walker with an injured ankle called the emergency services after he injured his ankle in a fall.
The two walkers, who were in their late twenties, were on holiday from Norfolk and were walking on Scafell Pike.
Weather conditions were said to be atrocious as heavy rainfall swept across West Cumbria.
"They had climbed Scafell Pike and were making their way off the mountain when they became disorientated in the low cloud and foul weather," said a mountain rescue team spokesman
"Their location was digitally established by the team leader using the SARLOC system as in the Knotts of the Tongue area, above the stream and below Esk Pike in Upper Eskdale.
"This location is one of the most remote areas of the team’s patch and on a good day requires a three-hour walk out. A stretcher carry from here was inevitably going to be extremely strenuous."
The casualty was located and treated for an injured ankle, a suspected fracture or severe sprain.
In all, 33 team members were involved including 18 from the Duddon and Furness team.
The team leader called a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey because of the rural location of the incident.
All three were flown to Furness General Hospital.
Video footage is available on the team’s website www.wmrt.org.uk.
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