The rescue scene on Sharp Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene on Sharp Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two walkers were rescued after straying onto steep terrain on Blencathra.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out shortly before 4pm on Thursday to the incident on Sharp Edge.

A team spokesperson said: “A couple went off route on the final climb of Sharp Edge on Blencathra and became stuck on steep and tricky ground overlooking Scales Tarn.

“After deliberating for some time and discussing their options, none of which were very attractive, they reluctantly but very wisely called 999 and asked for mountain rescue.”

Some team members set off from their base and were joined by others who made their way directly to Mousthwaite Comb.

The spokesperson said: “The team made their way up Scales Fell to approach from above. The weather was kind with light winds and good visibility meaning the couple were easily visible from below.

“Ropes were set up and two rescuers were lowered to the couple. Helmets and harnesses were fitted and the couple were then able to scramble safely up the crag with the safety of ropes and support from the team members alongside.”

Eight team volunteers were involved in the incident, which lasted about 3¾ hours.

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