Wasdale search assist, Eskdale side of Scafell Pike massif

Wasdale search assist, Eskdale side of Scafell Pike massif

07:30 (Grid NY 215 072)

The weather was wet, windy and wintery.

The team were contacted the previous day by Wasdale MRT to and ongoing incident involving a missing male walker who had ascender Scafell Pike on the Sunday.

We were asked by Wasdale MRT to search the Eskdale side of the Scafell Massif. We left our base at 07:30 and arrived in Eskdale shortly after 08:30. The team split in to two. One team ascended from Wha House Farm and the other ascended from Brotherikeld.

Once at Silverybields the teams came together and discussed the next search areas. Communication was very difficult. We decided that one team would search under the crags of Scafell and ascend Cam Spout Waterfall and up to Mickledore. While the other team would search the Great moss from Samson stones and then ascend Little Narrow Cove. Again we decided to reunite with each other at the back of Pen.

Having no look with our search till that point we made our way back to our vehicles by searching each side of the river Esk.

After a second night on the Fell the man was located by members of Wasdale MRT. Although he had injured both wrists the man was otherwise unharmed. He was flown to Barrow in Furness by the Coastguard for treatment to his wrists and mild hypothermia.

From Coniston team 9 members attended this rescue and they were out 10 hours.

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