Rescuers at the scene of the incident on Blencathra. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene of the incident on Blencathra. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers reiterated the need to be properly equipped when heading for the Lake District mountains in wintry conditions after a couple had to be rescued from Sharp Edge.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.40pm on New Year’s Eve to aid the pair who became stuck below the ridge on Blencathra.

Team members had to rig up a rope system to bring the walkers to safety.

A team spokesperson said: “A couple who decided to descend Sharp Edge in winter conditions left the edge itself, and attempted to take a route directly down to the tarn, over a series of icy rock ledges and snow-covered grass patches.

“As they didn’t have the necessary winter equipment, they became cragfast some 60m below the ridgeline.

The team rigged up a rope system to bring the pair to safety. Photo: Keswick MRT

The team rigged up a rope system to bring the pair to safety. Photo: Keswick MRT

Unfortunately for them, and us, there was no passer-by to help them out this time, as there had been on [the team’s previous callout] so they ended up sitting it out in the cold for a couple of hours.

“The team in that time had turned out, flogged up to Sharp Edge and rigged the crag to get them off, which took another hour.

The couple got stuck about 60m below the ridge line. Photo: Keswick MRT

The couple got stuck about 60m below the ridge line. Photo: Keswick MRT

“How many times do we need to make the point that winter conditions on any high Lake District fell mean you need the proper kit – ice axe, crampons and proper clothing, ie not jeans?”

The rescue involved 11 volunteers from Keswick MRT and lasted almost 3¾ hours. It was the team’s 99th of the year.

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