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Body found in 'most inaccessible' place in Lake District

Wasdale Mountain Team, which recovered a body from the Scafell Pike area of the Lake District this afternoon, said they had to contend with what they determine 'the region's most inaccessible place'.

They had been searching for Christopher Blowman, 67, from Carlton, Louth, went walking in the Scafell Pike area of the Lake District yesterday morning, Wednesday 14 May.

As yet, no formal identification of the body has taken place.

Where we recovered the body from was the most inaccessible place in the Lake District. We had to access him using 100m ropes.

We went out last night at 11.30pm and finished this afternoon at 4.30pm. It was a massive team effort by mountain rescue teams across the Lake District.

Sadly, it was a tragic outcome and the teams thoughts are with the family and friends.

– Mike Gullen, Team leader, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Full report: Warning to walkers in the Lakes

A mountain rescue team in the Lake District is urging walkers to make sure they are properly prepared, after two men had to be pulled to safety from the steep slopes, known as the Screes, at Wast Water.

It took the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team several hours to free the hikers, who became trapped after mistaking the Screes as a path to the bottom of the valley.

It is the eighth rescue in eleven days for the team, who say many incidents are avoidable.

Katie Hunter reports:

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Two walkers rescued from Lake District ravine

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team members making their way down the ravine Credit: WMRT

Two men had to be rescued from a Lake District ravine after getting into difficulties on the Wasdale Screes.

The North West Air Ambulance were called out to the walkers in Great Gully, and 19 members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were sent to help with the rescue on Tuesday afternoon.

Members from the North West Air Ambulance located the walkers Credit: WMRT

The Air Ambulance team spotted the casualties on the crags, and the mountain rescue were then able to make their way down the steep ravine using a fixed rope system.

One of the men was found to have an injured wrist, and he was winched up the crag.

The other man was uninjured and was roped to safety.

Mountain rescue team members using the fixed rope system Credit: WMRT

Climber falls nearly 100 feet

A climber who fell nearly 100 feet in the Lake District is being treated in hospital for multiple injuries.

The man fell while climbing on Broad Stand near Scafell Pike yesterday afternoon.He was taken to hospital in Preston by air ambulance.

Members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team and some members of the public helped bring the man to the top of the slope in order for him to be airlifted to hospital.

His condition was stablised at the scene by doctors from the mountain rescue team and the Great North Air Ambulance.

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Mountain Rescue Team's warning

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team is urging everyone taking to the Lake District fells to make sure they are properly equipped.

The warning comes after the team were called out three times in 24 hours on Saturday.

They dealt with an injured walker, a crag fast pair and two people who had become stuck on the screes next to Wast Water.

"We are here to help but it can be frustrating when we are called out to help people who are ill prepared.

"The couple in their 50s stranded on the screes did not have appropriate footwear and we take this opportunity to also highlight how dangerous the screes can be.

"We helped the couple climb the screes during a storm on slippery surfaces. It was dangerous for everyone involved. Thankfully everyone got down safely."

– Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Full report: Mountain rescue team slams three peakers

Mountain rescuers in the Lake District are calling on walkers taking part in the three peaks challenge to be better prepared.

Over the last two months the number of call outs to help lost walkers has increased.

Many do not even carry basic equipment like a map and compass.

The rescue teams are also asking hikers to their waste home, because it's cluttering the summits.

We sent our reporter Samantha Parker up Scafell Pike to see what is troubling the rescuers:

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