The pair made their way over Bow Fell after spending the night in upper Eskdale

The pair made their way over Bow Fell after spending the night in upper Eskdale

A major overnight search involving 80 volunteer mountain rescue team members ended when two missing walkers were found at their car.

Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 9.40pm on Thursday after the men were reported missing in the central Lakeland fells.

The Langdale team was joined by colleagues from the Keswick team, Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs, along with Wasdale MRT in looking for the walkers lost on their way back to Langdale from Scafell Pike.

A Langdale team spokesperson said: “The initial search took place in appalling weather with strong winds, low clouds and heavy rain and sleet.

“When all search plans had been carried out by 5.30am, the search was scaled down with a view to catching a nap, and some food and drink and scaling up.

“The second phase of the search involved additional members from the already participating teams, plus additional ones and Kendal Mountain Rescue Team and Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team.”

The missing walkers were found by a dog handler at their car about 1.30pm on Friday, after finding their own way off the fells.

The spokesperson said: “They were cold, wet and very tired, not unlike most of the searchers.

“They had spent the night near Green Hole, climbed out over Bow Fell at first light and made their way off.

“A total of about 80 personnel, for 16 hours, including some spectacular flying by the helicopter crew from Rescue 122 [from RAF Valley] all contributed to this massive effort.”

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