Concerns Raised Over Safety of Walkers on Scafell Pike as Keswick Mountain Rescue Team Respond

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and the RAF Leeming MRT have been involved in an incident that saw five women being rescued from the Styhead area on Friday. The women had been walking on the Corridor Route that descends from Scafell Pike when a passing walker reported concerns to the police.

“It was getting late in the day, the weather was not good and light was fading. Keswick MRT were alerted and the situation was discussed with Wasdale MRT, in whose area they were last seen. It was decided that no action was to be taken as there was no indication of their current location or intentions, or if assistance was required,” said Keswick MRT on their Facebook page.

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However, shortly after the team was tasked with rescuing two men stuck on Sharp Edge. While the rescue was in progress, several further reports were received regarding the group of women, who had moved to Sty Head.

“One was reportedly sheltering in the stretcher box on Styhead, the other four had pitched a tent that had been stored in the box. From the information provided, the women were now in need of assistance,” Keswick MRT said.

Thirteen members of the RAF Leeming team, along with three from Keswick, attended the scene and assisted the women back to their cars at Seathwaite. The incident lasted for eight hours and thirty-nine minutes.

The team thanked the passing walkers who helped the women and alerted the MRT.

This incident serves as a reminder for walkers to be properly prepared before embarking on hikes. The Keswick MRT suggests asking three questions before setting off: “Do I have the right GEAR? Do I know what the WEATHER will be like? Am I confident I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?”

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