Rescuers found the two men on High Crag

Rescuers found the two men on High Crag

Rescuers battled 80mph winds to go to the aid of two walkers lost in the dark after summiting England’s third highest mountain.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 5.10pm after police alerted them to the plight of the pair who had become disoriented after ascending Helvellyn.

A team spokesperson said: “Before leaving the rescue centre the team was able to locate the men by sending a text message which then made their location known to the team.

“Once their location was known five team members ascended to High Crag via Dollywaggon Pike and assisted the men from the mountain.

“The men were very cold and wet but otherwise unhurt.”

The team leader said: “Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team would to remind people to check the weather forecast before venturing onto the high fells and remember to take a torch, particularly now the days are shorter.

“If it’s windy in the valley, it’s really going to be much windier up high.’

Nine team members were involved for more than five hours.

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