Rescuers lead the lost walkers to safety. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers lead the lost walkers to safety. Photo: Keswick MRT

A group of walkers had to be led to safety from a Lake District mountain after getting caught out by nightfall.

The three, who had no torches, were rescued from Great End in the Scafell range on Saturday.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 9.35pm after the trio called for help, saying they were lost on Scafell Pike.

The Wasdale team fielded the initial call but after using the Sarloc smartphone system to pinpoint their position, it was clear the walkers were actually on Great End, and the incident was passed to their colleagues in the Keswick team.

A Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “They were uninjured but benighted so a small team of six team members turned out to walk them down.

“They were not experienced walkers and had set off late in the day without appropriate clothing or a torch. They were brought down to Seathwaite to their vehicle.”

The four-hour rescue involved nine volunteers from the Keswick team.

Earlier in the day, Keswick MRT was alerted after an emergency beacon was activated somewhere in the team’s area.

The spokesperson said: “After a delay in figuring out where the casualty might be, due to problematic co-ordinates, a first truck was sent to Thirlspot to investigate and a second to wait at the relay point.

“After nearly an hour we received a call from the police to let us know it was an accidental activation and the person concerned was OK. At this point the team then stood down.”

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