Jasper has been reunited with his owner Adam Nolan

Jasper has been reunited with his owner Adam Nolan

The owner of a dog missing for nearly four days on England’s highest mountain said he was overjoyed at his safe return.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team members retrieved Jasper, a border collie belonging to Adam Nolan, from Scafell Pike in the early hours of Thursday.

The dog had been located by Geoff Horky who went up the 978m (3,209ft) mountain last night after a reported sighting of the dog, who went missing near Cam Spout Crag on the Eskdale side of the fell on Sunday.

A massive social media campaign followed, prompted by Mr Nolan, who made repeated searches of the area around Scafell Pike.

Mr Horky found Jasper about 2 o’clock this morning and the volunteer rescue team was alerted.

Members then went up on to the mountain and brought the animal to meet his owner on Lingmell Col.

Mr Nolan said: “I’m over the moon to announce the safe return of my best friend Jasper.

“Naturally there are numerous individuals who I would like to thank, but at the moment I would say a huge thank you to Geoff and the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team for their heroic efforts this morning.”

He has set up a justgiving page to raise cash for the team in thanks for their efforts.

Mr Nolan added: “Currently the team is aiming to raise £500,000 for a new base. I’d also like to remind you that these special guys undertake their work on a completely voluntary and unpaid basis.

“All the help you can give these guys would be greatly appreciated.”

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