The three got stuck in the dark on Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark

The three got stuck in the dark on Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark

Rescuers warned walkers to pack a torch after three people were rescued after getting benighted on a Lake District scrambling route.

Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 8.50pm yesterday after the trio got stuck in the dark on Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark.

The grade-one scrambling route was the scene of two deaths and one serious injury last year.

A team spokesperson said: “Three intrepid explorers went exploring, at 4pm, but without a map or torch.

“So when it went dark and they had to stop exploring because there was nothing to see, including the way down.

“We went a showed them the way. I hope they won’t make the same mistake again.”

The spokesperson added: “Whatever time of year, always carry a torch.

“You never know when or why you may be delayed. When it goes dark in the hills, it usually goes very dark.

“There’s little ambient light unless you are lucky to be out when there is a good moon and little cloud.

“It’s worth carry a set of spare batteries as well. If you’re lucky they’ll be the same size as other devices you might be carrying such as GPS.

“Modern LED torches are very reliable, and batteries last a long time, and it’s well worth considering a headtorch in favour of a hand torch, leaving your hands free.”

Seven team members were involved in the four-hour rescue.

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