Members of a practice expedition group (3 m, 1 f; 16-18) reported themselves ‘lost at the summit of Ingleborough Hill’. Use of SARloc showed them to be on the path across Simon Fell Breast, which leads to Horton in Ribblesdale. They were persuaded to continue and were met, a few minutes later, by their supervisors, eventually reaching their camp-site, rather wet. Volunteer hours: 1+.
An anxious relative reported a group of 10 Three Peaks walkers overdue. As it was a large group, with a guide, the duty controller advised that they be given more time and checked, from time to time, whether they had returned. They returned safely, having taken about 14 hours to complete the walk. Volunteer hours:0.5
A lone walker (m) was reported overdue by his partner, walking ‘in the Pen-y-ghent area’. As the duty controller was talking to the Police to establish further details, the walker contacted his partner by phone to say he was okay and about to return home. No further action required or taken. Volunteer hours:0.33
Four walkers (all m) were reported overdue on a Three Peaks walk, with a strong, bitterly cold wind blowing the snow. They had left the Station Inn, Ribblehead, at 07.00, being seen to head towards Whernside. Fortunately, they returned to the Inn (thirteen and a half hours later), just as the duty controller was phoning other pubs in the area. Volunteer time: 15 minutes