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Rescuers spend five hours searching for stranded Cumbria walkers who had headed home

A MOUNTAIN rescue team spent more than five hours searching for three walkers who called out emergency services then headed home without telling anyone.

It was only when police spotted their car driving to Lincolnshire that they were found to be safe.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team received a call at 3.30pm yesterday saying that three adults had called 999 and said they were in difficulty in the Scafell area, reporting sleet and strong winds and being very cold.

The team couldn’t find them or get in contact with them again.

When there was no trace at 8pm so the search was widened to search car parks in valleys in Borrowdale, Eskdale and Langdale to find their car.

During this time they were located by police heading back to Lincolnshire but had not informed anyone they were safe and well.

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Posted by Larry Slater on 19 August 2014 at 00:02

This team gave up their time, risked their lives, raised money to provide the equipment they needed, spent time organising insurance, training,maintanance and cleaning of vehicles and equipment, paperwork, meetings etc etc. People please do not take your rescue teams, both on land and sea, for granted. Cumbria is very lucky to have all the volunteer Rescue Teams that we have. Please support your local Rescue Team. I hope the people from Lincolnshire send a donation.

Posted by Rescue service supporter on 18 August 2014 at 10:21

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