The couple got stuck on The Nab, which is in winter condition

The couple got stuck on The Nab, which is in winter condition

Mountain rescuers pleaded with hillgoers to remember the Lake District’s fells are still in full winter conditions.

The plea follows a four-hour rescue of a pair of walkers that ended at midnight yesterday.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 8pm after a couple from Margate, Kent, got stuck on a steep snow slope on the western flank of The Nab, overlooking Bannerdale.

Rescuers said one of the walkers slid about 20m (66ft), suffering minor injuries.

A spokesperson said: “A team member, who lives near to The Nab, was able to quickly spot the pair and direct the team to their location.

“However the ensuing rescue still took four hours and involved 12 members of the team.

“Patterdale MRT would like to remind all hillwalkers that many of the higher fell tops are in full winter condition, with extensive snow and ice.

“It is therefore essential for all those venturing into the mountains to be properly equipped.”

Team leader Mike Blakey, added: “Please stay safe in the mountains.

“Given the winter conditions we are currently experiencing, and which are set to last for several more days, it is essential that all those venturing on to the high fells carry an ice axe and crampons and have the skill to use them.

“Over the last couple of weeks several people have been rescued by mountain rescue teams in the Lake District national park because they have been ill equipped and become stuck on difficult terrain.

“Please do check the fell-top forecasts issued by the national park and the weather forecast and choose an appropriate route for your ability so that you can enjoy the mountains at their best.”

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