INCIDENT 78/2019 – Aug 31st. Sat. 21.44hrs – Three Peaks Walk, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue

Two people (m, m) were reported overdue on the Three Peaks Walk, having been seen last on Whernside at 16.00 hrs. When questioned by NYP’s Force Control Room staff, the caller admitted that the pair had ‘no plan – not sure appropriate provisions for the night – were following the path – no plan of route – were following others – no maps’. While some team members were heading to CRO Base, at Clapham, and the rest were on stand-by, Phonefind messages were sent to the mobile phones of the two ‘mispers’ and their ‘co-ordinator’ who had gone looking for them. One misper responded and appeared to be in the middle of the road near Holme Farm, Horton in Ribblesdale (+/- 3 metres), but there was no response from the other, or from their ‘co-ordinator’. A controller drove to Horton and interviewed ‘a friend of’ the group, who said that the mispers were in a car on their way home and that the ‘co-ordinator’ was also safe. NYP said they had not been advised of the safe return. Further questioning by the controller revealed that the pair had come down from Whernside and paid ‘a farmer’ to drive them back to Horton.

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Volunteer hours: 4