Seathwaite Tarn area 21st June 201518:27 hrs 26/2015


The evening was cloudy with heavy showers, although these subsided later. It was cold and very windy on the fell tops.

The team went to the assistance of two walkers who had become disorientated in mist whilst descending the Old Man of Coniston. Unprepared for the weather they were becoming cold and concerned. Initially their exact location was unknown, although they had reported as being able to see the lake.

Three land rovers set off from the base and the team members split into small parties to search various possible areas. These covered the main tracks up the Old Man and Dow Crag, taking in views of Coniston Water, Goatswater and Levers Water. Once communication was restored with the couple, it was ascertained that the lady and gentleman were actually situated near Seathwaite Tarn below Dow Crag and Greyfriars, and not on the Coniston side of the fells. The team groups were re-deployed appropriately and they were found safe and well near the tarn, albeit damp and cold. They were given warm clothing and accompanied to the dam at the southern end of the tarn, whilst other team personnel nearer Coniston made their way off the fell via Goats Water. Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, who had been following the callout because the incident was bordering their area, offered to pick up members and the walkers at the dam, and transport them back to the Coniston Base. One of our land rovers met their vehicle en route for the remainder of the journey back to Coniston.

12 Coniston team members responded to this call out which took 3 ½ hours, as well as a number of members from DFMRT


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