A massive search was put into operation when a holidaymaker from London was reported missing from a Grasmere Hotel. Mountain rescue teams from Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire as well as the R.A.F. Search and Rescue Dog Association and an R.A.F. helicopter from Acklington took part. The missing man was found dead at the bottom of Pavey Ark, Langdale at 3.30 p.m. the same day by one of the rescue parties.
Footnote: There were 320 mountain rescue personnel and helpers on the hills by 11.00 a.m. proving that this type of help on a large scale can be called upon when needed, with distance no object. Anyone who goes walking solo as this man did does not stand much of a chance if he injures himself. Solo fellwalking is not recommended at any time. The weather was very warm with clear skies, and it was dry.