The pair were found above Goat's Hawse. Photo: Michael Graham CC-BY-SA-2.0

The pair were found above Goat's Hawse. Photo: Michael Graham CC-BY-SA-2.0

Mountain rescuers have pleaded with hillgoers to be properly equipped, after two walkers had to be led to safety from the Lake District fells.

The man and woman became disoriented after ascending The Old Man of Coniston on Saturday.

The pair lost their bearings in low cloud and heavy rain.

Coniston Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 2.40pm and nine volunteer members took part in the operation to find and bring the two walkers from the hill.

A team spokesperson said: “As with previous similar incidents, the team used the Sarloc system to confirm their position.

“This uses the missing person’s mobile phone which, where signal allows, pinpoints their position. The couple were slightly north of Dow Crag, above Goats Hawse.

“The couple were given warm dry clothing and walked off the hill via Goats Water and returned to the village in team vehicles.

“Coniston MRT would like to re-iterate previous recommendations to people venturing out onto the hills. There is no substitute for having a map, a compass and being able to use these to navigate in difficult conditions.

“Electronic devices can be used as back up to reassure. A headtorch and a whistle are also useful, as are ensuring you have adequate waterproof clothing and protective equipment.”

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