13:28 Wrynose Pass (Grid NY 282031)
It was a cold but clear day with ice on the higher routes; roads were clear in the valley bottoms.
Cumbria Police asked us to assist with the recovery of a family of 4 who had abandoned their car near the top of Wrynose Pass, it was sliding downhill on the ice-covered road. Concern was particularly expressed for the welfare of two children who were reported as being very cold.
A full team call out was initiated, 2 vehicles left the base to attend this incident, one team member who lived nearby attending in his own vehicle.
As we travelled up Little Langdale the children and their mother were found to be in a member of the public’s car being taken to a cafe in Ambleside.
The gentleman was found with his car at the side of the road near the top of the pass. He secured his car and was brought down Ambleside to re-join his family and await recovery of his vehicle.
This incident involved 9 members of Coniston MRT and lasted just over an hour. Cumbria Police were requested to arrange for larger ‘Road Closed’ signage.