THE Lake District’s rescue teams have dealt with only three incidents since lockdown began - and have thanked the public for sticking to measures.

The figures represent a staggering 95 per cent decrease on the same period in 2019 and a team leader said it 'hasn't been this quiet since foot-and-mouth disease'.

They were announced in the latest Youtube update by Richard Warren, chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, which is made up of 12 different teams. Among the 12 is Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team (LAMRT) which has had no callouts. LAMRT team leader Nick Owen said it had not been this quiet since the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001, which meant team members had not been ‘exposed unnecessarily’ to the risk of COVID-19; both from casualties and by having to leave their homes more than needed.

“It protects us as an emergency service but also it protects the NHS by not placing a burden on them,” he said.

“Thanks for observing the rules and guidelines so far and please stick to them. The tourist businesses and everyone else would love to see you back when it’s safe and permitted, but until then keep sticking to the guidelines.”

Elsewhere, Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team has been called out to two incidents since lockdown began - one at Millom and one in the Duddon Valley.

“This is extremely quiet,” said deputy leader John Wealthall.

“We are very thankful that people are sticking to it and not causing unnecessary strain on ourselves or, more to the point, the NHS.”

He said the Lake District area could become busier after lockdown with air travel potentially limited for some time and reminded people to adhere to safety advice when walking.