Callouts would put rescuers and their families at risk. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Callouts would put rescuers and their families at risk. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The body representing mountain rescuers south of the border expressed disappointment that walkers had been ignoring advice and travelling to national parks during the coronavirus crisis.

Mountain Rescue England and Wales pleaded with the public to stay at home over the Easter weekend.

The organisation said, like everyone else, it was following the national health protection advice and applying it to its situation as a voluntary service.

A spokesperson said: “Mountain rescue teams across the country have been disappointed to see walkers ignoring the national advice, travelling into national parks and other areas and, it is assumed, expecting MR volunteers to risk their own lives, and those of their families and colleagues, to come to a walker’s aid if called.”

Mike France: 'stay at home over the Easter weekend'

Mike France: 'stay at home over the Easter weekend'

Senior executive officer Mike France said: “MREW’s priority is resilience. We need to make sure that as many of our trained volunteers as possible are available for essential callouts and to support the paid emergency services as needed.

“The hills and upland areas will still be there to be enjoyed once the restrictions are lifted.

“We’ve seen a huge drop in the number of callouts in the past couple of weeks and we’re very grateful for that. But it is vitally important that people continue to be responsible and that everyone stays at home over the Easter weekend.

“That is what will save lives and protect not only the NHS but also our mountain rescue volunteers.”

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