Scandale Pass, site of the rescue. Photo: Bill Boaden CC-BY-SA-2.0

Scandale Pass, site of the rescue. Photo: Bill Boaden CC-BY-SA-2.0

Rescuers urged walkers to carry a torch when they take to the hills, after a couple called for help when night fell.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out for the second time in a day when the pair dialled 999 about 5.15pm yesterday, New Year’s Day.

The couple had left Sykeside campsite before lunch for a walk on the fells, but got lost once darkness fell.

A Patterdale team spokesperson said: “The team dispatched two search parties including two search dogs to the area of Scandale Pass.

“The pair, who weren’t carrying a torch and had an intermittent mobile phone signal, were located at about 8pm and escorted back to their campsite.

“Walkers are reminded that a torch together with a map and compass are essential kit for all fell walks.”

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