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Staying safe in the great outdoors

As summer gets into its stride (or at least tries to!) The Mountain Rescue Service and Ordnance Survey are launching a campaign to encourage the public to enjoy the outdoors safely. The Service says that there have been an increase in incidents for the fourth year running

Walkers in Cumbria Credit: pa

Figures released today show that Mountain Rescue England and Wales attended 1,812 callouts in 2016, up 170 on the previous year 360 of those callouts were serious or fatal There were only 14 days in 2016 without a mountain rescue callout and almost 500 incidents could have been avoided with better preparation.

Rescue teams say many walkers set off totally unprepared

Thousands head outdoors on mountain walks and hikes each week without carrying essential emergency supplies or properly planning a route not only risking their safety, but adding an enormous strain on mountain rescue resources. Today, Ordnance Survey (OS) and Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) are launching a campaign to make the great British outdoors more enjoyable, accessible and safe for all, by encouraging the public to be prepared when they set off on walks and rambles.