Rescuers placed the dog in a casualty bag. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers placed the dog in a casualty bag. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers were called out to a dog in distress on the Lake District fells.

The injured and exhausted animal refused to move for its owners while returning to Langdale from Scafell Pike.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team members made the ascent of Grains Gill to reach the dog after being alerted about 6.25pm on Saturday.

A team spokesperson said: “Cumbria police originally allocated the job to the Wasdale team due to the Scafell Pike reference, and reallocated to Langdale Ambleside MRT after PhoneFind identified the casualty (dog) location on the Langdale side of Esk Hause.

“Having already had a very busy day with multiple callouts the Langdale Ambleside team passed it to Keswick as it was on the edge of our patch.”

Keswick MRT volunteers approached the site from Seathwaite Farm, ascending towards Esk Hause up Grains Gill.

The spokesperson said: “Meanwhile the casualty owners, who were starting to feel the cold, were encouraged to try to descend towards the Keswick team.

“The Keswick team met the casualty and owners high up Grains Gill. The casualty was made comfortable in a ‘cas bag’ on the stretcher and sledged and carried back to Seathwaite Farm.

“Despite being quite a large dog at 33kg it was a joy to carry such a relatively lightweight casualty. The casualty remained cool, calm and positively regal throughout. The casualty and owners were given a lift to Keswick team base where other members of their party collected them.”

The incident lasted just over 4¼ hours and involved 13 Keswick MRT members.

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