09:55 (Grid SD 274 900)

It was another fine day in the South West Lake District. The Team was alerted to an incident by CUMPOL (Cumbria Police) where an Outdoor Pursuits instructor with a group on Coniston Water had seen a light flashing near to the summit of Beacon, a smallish fell at the Southern end of our area. Initial investigations with the local farmer suggested that it may be a balloon.

In an effort to reassure both ourselves and the Police, two team members tracked down the offending article which was indeed a discarded metallic Helium 21st Birthday balloon. The Ballon was removed as would be expected to prevent littering and also recurrence of similar incidents.

This incident took 2 members 1 hour 30 minutes.