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Mountain rescuers called out to 'entirely preventable' incidents

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team highlighted the importance of hiker's safety Photo: Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

Mountain rescuers are urging hikers to make sure they are properly equipped before heading out.

This comes after a group became stranded in the Lake District on Fairfield mountain, without torches in the darkness.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to the incident, which they said was 'entirely preventable'.

The four people were rescued from Fairfield mountain on Saturday 16 September

Another rescue took place over the weekend involving two pairs of walkers.

They separated and became lost in the same area and had ventured out without a map.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team posted about both incidents on Facebook.

The post highlighted the importance of hikers being properly equipped:

Please please please take a map, appropriate clothing and a torch if you are going into the mountains. Then we can save our time for helping people who really need our assistance and we might even get to enjoy our dinner, wedding or party!

We don't mind helping at all but we'd really like to see more people taking the mountains seriously. We want people to keep themselves safe."

– Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team gives the following safety advice:

  • Plan before setting out!
  • Consider the equipment, experience, capabilities and enthusiasm of party members.
  • Check the weather forecast and local conditions; Scottish mountains can be major undertakings.
  • Wear suitable boots with a treaded sole which provide support for ankles.
  • Clothing should be colourful, warm, windproof and waterproof.
  • Pack sweet food which restores energy quickly.
  • Take a map, compass (and the ability to use them), and at least one reliable watch.

For more safety advice visit http://mountainrescue.org.uk/safety-advice.