The pair got stuck on Tarn Crags near the summit of Blencathra. Photo: Adam Ward CC-BY-SA-2.0

The pair got stuck on Tarn Crags near the summit of Blencathra. Photo: Adam Ward CC-BY-SA-2.0

Two walkers were rescued from Blencathra after getting stuck in wintry conditions on steep ground.

Passers-by alerted police on Sunday when they heard the pair shouting for help from Tarn Crags above Scales Tarn.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 4.05pm. One of the walkers had subsequently called to say they were uninjured but unable to move on the steep, snowy ground as they did not have adequate equipment.

A team spokesperson said: “A well equipped fellrunner in the area went to the scene to assist and remained with them until the team arrived.

“As a number of team members were in Scotland undertaking winter training, RAF Leeming, who were in the area, were asked to support Keswick MRT.

“Four from the RAF team made the ascent while the remainder were kept on standby at Mousthwaite Comb. The two walkers were rope assisted from the difficulties and were walked off the fell.

“The Keswick team members returning from the Cairngorms spotted mountain rescue team lights above Mousthwaite Comb and asked if further assistance was required, but fortunately, after a full day on the hill and a 4½-hour drive, this offer was turned down.

“Many thanks to RAF Leeming and the fellrunner.”

The rescue lasted almost 4¾ hours and involved 15 Keswick MRT volunteers and four from the RAF Leeming Mountain Rescue Service.

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