The rescue scene at the Browncove Crags wild camp. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene at the Browncove Crags wild camp. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two novice wild campers were rescued after getting into difficulties on the flanks of England’s third-highest mountain.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 6.15am on Thursday to two young men who were in a tent below Browncove Crags on the western side of Helvellyn.

The team said they were in ‘normal’ Lake District winter conditions.

A spokesperson said: “With inadequate clothing and camping equipment the rain and strong winds meant the pair became increasingly wet and cold through the night so they called 999 for help.

“A small team was dispatched with warm and waterproof clothing, hot drinks and food to fetch them down.

“The two were assessed, dressed and walked off the hill while their gear and tent was packed up.

“Some valuable lessons were learnt for these novice campers and they assured us that next time they would be more AdventureSmart.”

The incident lasted 1½ hours and involved 11 Keswick MRT volunteers.

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