Two Three Peaks walkers (m, 27; m, 21) reported themselves lost in the dark, two hours after leaving the summit of Ingleborough, intending to finish at Horton in Ribblesdale. North Yorkshire Police’s initial investigation suggested that they were between Gaping Gill and Trow Gill (Clapham). An on-line ‘Phonefind’ search by a CRO controller confirmed this. In order to save weight, they had left critical kit (compass, map, second light, second phone) at home, relying solely on a smartphone app.. When the duty controller rang them, they had only 7% battery and a single, fading head-torch. Otherwise, they were well-equipped and at least they ‘stayed put’, as instructed.
A small team from CRO drove up to Trow Gill, walked up to where they could see the torch, then escorted the pair to a team Land Rover. They were driven down to CRO Base and waited in the New Inn, for a friend to drive them back to Horton.
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