Walkers rescued after getting lost in low cloud on Old Man of Coniston

Walkers rescued after getting lost in low cloud on Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston

Old Man of Coniston

Nine members of Coniston MRT were involved in assisting a male and female walker who had become disorientated in low cloud and heavy rain after ascending The Old Man of Coniston on Saturday afternoon.

As with previous similar incidents, the Team used the SARLOC system to confirm their position. This uses the missing person’s mobile phone which, where signal allows, pinpoints their position. The couple were slightly North of Dow Crag, above Goats Hause.

A spokesman for Coniston MRT said: “The couple were given warm dry clothing and walked off the hill via Goats Water and returned to the village in Team vehicles.

“Coniston MRT would like to re-iterate previous recommendations to people venturing out onto the hills.

“There is no substitute for having a map, a compass and being able to use these to navigate in difficult conditions, electronic devices can be used as back up to re-assure.

“A head torch and a whistle are also useful, as are ensuring you have adequate waterproof clothing and protective equipment.”