May 10, 2022 11.45am
May 10, 2022
On Tuesday 10th May at 11.45 hrs Cumbria police alerted Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team to reports of four elderly walkers who were doing the coast to coast walk.
The party had set off from Patterdale earlier in the day and as they got towards the Knott the weather deteriorated and started raining and low cloud. One of the four slipped and fell , she was unhurt but felt that it wasn’t safe to carry on due to the conditions. The other lady in the party was also blown off her feet.
They rang the Police for advice and the rescue team was called, the duty leader spoke to the walkers and pin-pointed their location with a phone-find. A limited call out was initiated and 3 team members ascended from the valley bottom to meet up with the group. They were then escorted back to the rescue team Landrover and taken to Patterdale Base where they waited for a taxi to take them to their overnight stay at Shap.
This was the second incident within 24 hours where the parties were doing the coast to coast. Both parties were well equipped for the weather conditions but succumbed to deteriorating conditions on both rescues.