Dow Crag 30th October 2013 14:52hrs 40/2013
The weather was very wet with low cloud and mist. There was a breeze in some pockets of the fells.
A family party of 2 adults and two children had become lost in the mist. The location they gave was on the top of Coniston Old Man. However, we were able to pinpoint them as actually being on Dow Crag, thanks to the SARLOC system which enable us to locate casualties via their mobile phone if it has a GPS program. The group was instructed to stay where they were.
Two land rovers set off equipped with torches and Search Sacks. Every half hour the mobile phone being used for communication was re checked for its position so that we could be sure the party had not moved. Due to the location identified it was decided the quickest route would be via Goatswater and Goats Hause. They were found just a short distance off the main track, cold and wet, but safe, and accompanied down off the fell to the land rovers. Once back at base the family was given drinks to warm them up.
13 Team personnel responded to this call out which took 3 hours.