The walkers were near Piers Gill, a deep ravine on the slopes of Lingmell. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walkers were near Piers Gill, a deep ravine on the slopes of Lingmell. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Two walkers were rescued after getting lost in poor visibility near an accident blackspot in the Lake District.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 6.30pm on Tuesday after a request from Cumbria Constabulary.

The man and his son reported themselves disoriented near Piers Gill in the Scafell range.

A team spokesperson said: “Immediately recognising the potential consequences associated to the difficult ground with that area, the team leader, following current Mountain Rescue England and Wales Covid-19 protocols, deployed our rescuers and the team’s search dog Jess and her handler.

“As soon as Jess and her handler arrived on location Jess was very quickly able to locate the lost persons in the mist and reduced light conditions.

“Team members immediately assessed the situation from the risks associated with Covid-19 as per all mountain rescue incidents going forward, and were able to confirm this risk to be minimal.

“After an initial welfare check the gentleman and his teenage son were issued with a headtorch each and safely guided back down to the valley bottom by the rest of the team, maintaining social distancing throughout.”

The spokesperson said Piers Gill, on the flanks of Lingmell, is an extremely dangerous environment where the team has encountered many fatalities over the decades.

“Through making poor judgements on the weather forecast, the equipment they failed to bring and also the reliance on navigating by phone apps, the gentleman and his teenage son found themselves in a knife-edge situation that could have very easily gone either way, putting themselves and team members at risk.

“Nobody is perfect and human nature dictates that we can’t always make the right call every time, especially under stressful situations.

“Therefore, to help our visitors to the Lake District to become both well informed and able to make the best decisions with the best outcomes, Wasdale MRT is working with Adventure Smart UK to provide guidance on making the right preparations and the right decisions for a day out on the mountains.”

Advice is on the Adventure Smart UK website.

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