Incident Report #40 1977

A search was started by the team when 10 schoolboys and 2 adults from Everton failed to return from a fellwalk on the Crinkle Crags area, Langdale. Team members with dogs searched many valleys and fell tops. They were found unharmed, but slightly exposed and exhausted at 3.00 a.m., near Green Hole, Higher Esk. The team escorted them down to Brotherelkeld, Eskdale, and then by ambulances to Langdale , where they had a meal and changed to dry clothes. Team assisted by Eskdale OBMS and Patterdale. Footnote: This group started off far too late in the day for a long distance walk. Darkness and mist overcame them and they were lost. If the team had not found them when they did, owing to adverse weather conditions a large percentage of this group would have been in very poor condition by the morning. Weather conditions: Rain, gale force winds, mist, very cold, darkness. Very wet underfoot.
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