The rescue scene on Broad Stand. Photo: Wasdale MRT

The rescue scene on Broad Stand. Photo: Wasdale MRT

A group of walkers was rescued from a Lake District accident blackspot just 24 hours after a man had fallen to his death at the same site.

Rescuers warned that the route on Broad Stand on Scafell is not a walkers’ path and should only be tackled by those with climbing skills.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 2pm on Thursday when five walkers got into difficulty on steep ground above Mickledore, the col between Scafell and Scafell Pike.

The team said the incident could have been a repeat of the tragic fatality the previous day when a man in his 20s fell to his death on Broad Stand.

Richard Warren of Wasdale MRT said: “Five male walkers in their late teens made a navigational error on the summit of Scafell thinking they could walk directly between Scafell and Scafell Pike and found themselves cragfast on serious ground.

“One did manage with great difficulty to get down but only by falling and injuring his lower leg and suffering a few abrasions. Fortunately he was very lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries.

“The remaining four had to be roped off the crag.”

The injured man had managed to descend via Mickledore Chimney, which Mr Warren said is not a recognised descent route.

“The message is very clear regarding Broad Stand on Scafell: it is not a walkers’ path; it is in fact a serious descent or ascent that should not be undertaken lightly unless you have climbing skills and a rope.

“Finding a route down to the final rock step in bad weather is extremely challenging. The rock is extremely slippery when damp.

“The route is exposed with severe drops. A simple slip can lead to a 60m to 100m fall resulting in life-threatening injuries.”

While the team were attending this incident, a further call came in from Cumbria Police for a walker who had fallen off the Corridor route into Greta Gill sustaining injuries.

Mr Warren said: “Two team members were diverted to this incident to administer casualty care and analgesia before evacuating the casualty by Coastguard helicopter and taken to Furness General hospital.

“The five walkers from the first incident were walked off the mountain and returned to their campsite in Eskdale having learnt from their life threatening experience.”

A further call then came in for a third incident on Great Gable followed by a fourth to check out walkers on the boulder field path on the Wast Water Screes. The team final stood down about 9pm. The Broad Stand rescue involved 12 volunteers from Wasdale MRT.

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