Rescuers during the incident on Birk Side. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers during the incident on Birk Side. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two walkers were brought to safety after getting caught out by the dark on the Helvellyn range.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted shortly before 6pm on Sunday when the two women called for help from the western flanks of Nethermost Pike.

The walkers raised the alarm when they found themselves in darkness on Birk Side and, according to the rescue team, without adequate torches.

A Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “The initial call went to the Patterdale team who passed this over to Keswick when their location was confirmed.

“A small team made their way up the Birk Side path from Thirlmere where the pair were located and walked down to their car.”

The rescue lasted almost 2½ hours and involved nine volunteers from the Keswick team.

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