Dow Crag, Buck Pike 19th February 15:05hrs 5/2017
It was cloudy and wet with very poor visibility.
We were tasked by CUMPOL to an incident involving a couple having become disoriented on the fells in the poor weather.
They had ascended the Old Man of Coniston and believed they had followed the ridge along to Swirl How.
When the text came through for the notification of the call out, two team members contacted base to say they were all ready out on the fell themselves. Sarloc (a system for locating people by their mobile phone) was used to locate the couple and there position was discovered. They had inadvertently descended the Old Man to Goats Hawse and got lost on the lower slopes between Buck Pike and Dow Crag.
The two team members already out, set off for the location provided by the Sarloc grid reference. The rest of the team ascended the Walna Scar track towards Brown Pike with warm clothing. The two parties soon met up on the slopes of Brown Pike and the couple were escorted back to the team vehicles.
In total this call out involved 17 members of Coniston MRT and lasted just over 2 hours.