The woman was lost on the fells between Howtown and Patterdale

The woman was lost on the fells between Howtown and Patterdale

Mountain rescuers used a BlackBerry smartphone to help them find a walker who was lost on a Lakeland fell.

The woman rang police who alerted Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team about 3.45pm today, Friday.

The walker had got lost between Howtown and Patterdale in mist and low cloud. The rescue team asked her to take a picture of her location which she then emailed to them.

A spokesperson for Patterdale MRT said: “This helped to identify the area where the woman was and narrow the area in which the team needed to search.

“She was located by team members, safe and well, at the head of Boredale. She was escorted off the fell and back to the rescue team centre.”

Mountain rescuers are increasingly using mobile phones to aid their searches. In June, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was able to find an injured walker on Broad Crag after attempts to get a detailed description of his position proved fruitless.

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