Couple rescued from Great How

The Westmorland Gazette: TEAM EFFORT: Rescuers search in mist for couple TEAM EFFORT: Rescuers search in mist for couple

A COUPLE were rescued from Great How on Monday (February 17) afternoon.

Fourteen members of Coniston Mountain Rescue were called to search for a man and woman who had become lost in the mist whilst descending from the ridge off Coniston Old Man.

The team were unable to establish their exact location by mobile phone location locking but at first they were believed to be somewhere above Levers Water.

Search sacks, first aid and a rope were taken, together with full winter kit. The team split into small groups, each with an area to sweep.

Two members were LDSARDA dog handlers and they started the search below Great How Crags. Great How is one area where people do get crag fast after taking the wrong path off the ridge, especially in mist.

Whistles were heard by the dog handlers and the couple were located approximately 300 meters up the crag.

A rope belay system was set up and the two casualties were lowered down.

After a walk round Levers Water they were collected by the land rovers and driven back to the base for hot drinks and food.

The rescue took over four hours.

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