A group of four walkers tackling the Three Peaks Challenge was rescued after getting lost in the dark on England’s highest mountain.
The walkers called for help in the early hours of Saturday and police requested a callout by Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.
The team leader attempted to determine where they were by talking to the walkers by phone, but when he was unable to pin down their position, the team was mobilised and mounted a search on Scafell Pike.
Fourteen team volunteers took part in the hunt for the four, who were found near the Corridor Route below Criscliffe Knotts. They were warmed up before rescuers escorted them back down to their vehicle in the valley below.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team released a YouTube video of the rescue showing the dire conditions on the fell and some of the less desirable effects of hundreds of challengers on Scafell Pike.
The rescue, which took more than eight hours, was the Wasdale team’s 36th of the year. The weeks around the summer solstice are traditionally the busiest for walkers attempting the Three Peaks Challenge as they use the maximum daylight hours in the ascent of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.