Two groups got lost on Scafell Pike

Two groups got lost on Scafell Pike

Rescuers were called out to England’s highest mountain to find three separate groups of walkers lost in poor weather.

One of the parties was found 5km (3 miles) from the summit after they walked into the wrong valley.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 1.20pm yesterday when two pairs of walkers reported themselves lost near the 978m (3,209ft)summit of Scafell Pike.

A team spokesperson said: “An attempt was made to talk them off the hill, but phone reception was soon lost and when they had not turned up a few hours later a limited callout was made to search for them.”

A dozen volunteer members of the team took part in a search lasting more than five hours.

The second group was found near the foot of Piers Gill

The second group was found near the foot of Piers Gill

The spokesperson said: “They were found near Taw House in Eskdale having descended to the wrong valley.”

Meanwhile, a second call for help came from another group lost on Scafell Pike.

Wasdale MRT members began a search, with help from Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.

They were found on the other side of the mountain near the bottom of Piers Gill and the rescue ended at 6.30pm.

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