The couple were found close to Piers Gill

The couple were found close to Piers Gill

Three people were rescued from England’s highest mountain in two separate incidents.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 4.30pm yesterday after a couple got lost in the Middleboot Knotts area on Scafell Pike.

The walkers called for help and the team used smartphone technology to locate them close to Piers Gill.

A small number of team members went to the site and accompanied the pair, unharmed back to safety in the valley.

Eight volunteer team members took part in the 3½-hour rescue.

While Wasdale MRT members were still on the hill, a second call for help came in on Scafell Pike.

A team spokesperson said: “Initially the location or nature of the incident was unclear but developed into a report of a male who was struggling to make his way down off Scafell Pike and had fallen over a number of times.”

Team members already on the hill found the man, who had a knee injury, on Lingmell Col. Other Wasdale MRT members joined them at the scene and the walker was stretchered down to Wasdale Head.

The man was able to make his way home with a companion.

The rescue, which ended at 9.15pm, involved 21 volunteers and lasted almost four hours. It was the team’s 18th of the year.

  • The Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team also had two callouts yesterday.

A man suffered a suspected broken leg close to Rydal Cave on the northern slopes of Loughrigg after slipping.

The team was called out about 3.35pm and was able to drive its off-road vehicle close to the scene and treat the man. He was then taken to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital.

Langdale Ambleside MRT was also called out to a missing walker who had become benighted in the Grasmere area while tackling the Coast to Coast Walk.

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