Lost Lake District fell walkers rescued twice

Lake District mountain rescuers have criticised ill-prepared fell walkers after being called to help the same family twice on successive nights.

Volunteers from three rescue teams were call on Friday when a man aged 73 and his daughter in her 50s failed to turn up at accommodation near Keswick.

Rescuers were called the next night to search for the same man, who had been joined by a second daughter.

Team leader Mike Park said the group lacked basic equipment like maps.

Mr Park said volunteers spent the equivalent of 150 man-hours searching for the group, who were not from the area.

One rescuer suffered a broken leg during Friday's search operation.

Mr Park, who leads the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, said: "After dealing with these people on Friday we thought they would have learned their lesson and perhaps not continue with their planned walk, especially as the elderly man had sustained an ankle injury.

Not fit enough

"But unfortunately we got a call at 10.30pm on Saturday to say they had not turned up at their next accommodation in Grasmere.

"We eventually found them at 2am on Sunday off their planned route, but otherwise uninjured.

"We don't want to discourage people coming to and enjoying the Lake District.

"But people do need to consider what gear they are carrying and how to use it, like a simple torch and maps."

A spokesman for Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, which was also involved in both operations, added: "It was expressed in the strongest possible terms that we didn't feel that this party should make any attempts to continue their route, being neither equipped, fit enough, nor capable of making the sensible decisions required.

"It is rare for team members to become angry or frustrated with our casualties, but this was one of those occasions.

"They set off with an obvious injury that was not going to repair itself. They were using a guidebook to navigate rather than maps and had only one torch in a party of three, which was one more than the previous day."

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