Rescuers had to contend with knee-deep water on their way to reach the walkers. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

Rescuers had to contend with knee-deep water on their way to reach the walkers. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

Rescuers braved ‘atrocious’ conditions, including knee-deep water to reach two Lake District walkers lost on a mountain.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 7pm on Saturday when the men, both aged 21, called for help after setting off from Buttermere.

The team used the Sarloc smartphone system to pinpoint the men’s position just off the summit of Red Pike.

Team members headed to the area via Scale Bridge.

A team spokesperson said: “Conditions were atrocious, with high winds, torrential rain and frequent areas of knee-deep water.

“A fast party was sent ahead to locate the party, while the rest of the team followed.”

Conditions were described by the team as atrocious. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

Conditions were described by the team as atrocious. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The two walkers were found near Lingcomb Edge 8.20pm.

The spokesperson said: “Given the severity of the weather and their deteriorating condition, they were immediately escorted off the summit. Once in a more sheltered location the casualties were given dry clothing and food before being escorted back down to Buttermere lakeshore and waiting vehicles.”

Team leader Andrew McNeil said: “Conditions tonight were awful, and the team worked well to get the casualties down as quickly as possible.

“We would advise that anyone heading up into the fells ensures that they know the severity of the chosen route and have checked that they are prepared for incoming weather conditions.”

The incident, the team’s 38th of the year, lasted five hours and involved 18 Cockermouth MRT volunteers.

The team said the Adventure Smart website is a good starting point for any first-time hikers, to ensure they are adequately prepared and can get maximum enjoyment out of their day.

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